Exposure to lead

There was an overall reduction in the number of British workers under medical surveillance for work with lead over the past decade. Women have consistently accounted for a small proportion of the total under surveillance, and the number of young people (under 18 years) under surveillance remains low.
The most recent medical surveillance data show:
- The total number of workers under medical surveillance rose by 4% to 7472 in 2010/11 from 7162 in 2009/10.
- The industry sector with the highest number of males under surveillance was the smelting, refining, alloying and casting sector.
- In 2010/11, 32 males had blood-lead levels of 60 mm/100ml or above compared with 181 in 2000/01.
- The industry sector with the highest number of females under surveillance was the glass making sector.
- In 2010/11, 3 females had blood-lead levels of 30 mm/100ml or above compared with 32 in 2000/01.
- There were 24 suspensions (all male) due to excess blood lead levels in workers under surveillance in 2010/11.

Source : http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/lead/index.htm

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