Topic Overview

To avoid
lead poisoning if you have a job or hobby that may
expose you to lead:

  • Wash your hands a lot, and don’t eat or drink
    around possible lead sources.
  • Follow U.S. Occupational Safety and
    Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines for protection from exposure to lead at
    work. Your employer should provide these guidelines. For more information, see
    the Other Places to Get Help section of the topic Lead
  • Shower and change clothes and shoes at work before
    getting in your car or before you come home, to prevent bringing home lead dust
    on your clothes and hair. Wash work clothes at your workplace if possible. If
    washing clothes at work is not possible, wash your clothes separately, and
    avoid contaminating your car and home.
  • Move your hobby work space
    to a place away from your home, and wash and change clothes before getting in
    your car or returning home.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD – Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP – Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology

Current as ofMay 4, 2017