Lead is toxic to humans.
In children continual exposure at low levels has been shown to cause mental retardation and behavioural problems.
Due to the use of lead in pipes for water distribution, widespread use of lead-based paint, extensive use of lead additives in gasoline and other industrial uses of lead, lead has become a general environmental contaminant.
There is no safe level of lead in the body.
Urgent action by local government will help prevent problems to human health and the environment.
This will involve undertaking a survey of blood lead levels of the young children in the area and then carrying out the appropriate intervention required.
When blood lead levels are above 15 microg/dl action should be taken to reduce exposure.
Mots-clés Pascal : Plomb, Facteur risque, Enfant, Adulte, Développement intellectuel, Analyse risque, Prévention, Exposition
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Lead, Risk factor, Child, Adult, Intellectual development, Risk analysis, Prevention, Exposure
Notice produite par :
ENSP - Ecole nationale de la santé publique (devenue EHESP)
Cote : FR60/0174
Code Inist : 002B30A02A. Création : 12/09/1997.