Exposure to Lead in Great Britain 2014

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 fell by 47% from 7949 in 2011/12 to 4240 in 2012/13
- The industry sector with the highest number of males under surveillance was the lead battery manufacture sector, with numbers similar to previous years
- There were substantial reductions in the number of males under surveillance in a number of other sectors, including the smelting, refining, alloying and casting industry
- In 2012/13, 3 males had blood-lead levels of 60µg/100ml or above compared with 142 males in 2002/03
- There was a large increase in the number of females in the potteries, glazes and transfers sector, which in previous years had very low numbers under surveillance
- In 2012/13, 4 females had blood-lead levels of 30µg/100ml or above compared with 18 females in 2002/03
- There were 8 suspensions (4 males and 4 females) due to excess blood-lead levels in workers under surveillance in 2012/13

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

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