Australian Work Exposures Study (AWES) - Lead and lead compounds

The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 (the Strategy) describes work-related cancer as a priority disorder and understanding current hazardous exposures and the effectiveness of controls as a research priority. The Australian Work Exposures Study (AWES) was a national survey that investigated work-related exposures among Australian workers to 38 agents classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as known or suspected carcinogens.
Some forms of lead are considered to be probable carcinogens and the work described in this report uses AWES data to:
• estimate the prevalence of work-related exposure to lead during relatively common workplace activities
• identify the main circumstances of those exposures, and
• identify the use of workplace control measures designed to decrease those exposures.
This report describes those exposures that occur when typical work activities are carried out by Australian workers - it does not specifically focus on high risk lead work or ‘lead' industries.


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