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Lead, reducing your exposure

Lead is a naturally occurring bluish-grey heavy metal found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. Metallic lead is corrosion-resistant, easily shaped and mixed with other metals to form alloys. Lead has been used extensively by many industries in the past but the use of lead has now been regulated and reduced. The most widespread use of lead today is in vehicle batteries. Lead is an important industrial metal and lead ore is still mined in Broken Hill and transported by rail for smelting in Port Pirie.

The effects of lead are the same whether lead enters your body by breathing or swallowing. The central nervous is the main target for lead toxicity in both adults and children. See the lead page for more information on lead and its health effects.

Reducing your lead exposure and lead-safe practices

It is important for families to know about the sources of lead in their homes and avoid exposure to these sources. There are simple precautions you can take, see the following pages for further information:

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