Lead is a metal that has been widely used in many industries and common products in the past, and continues to be used in some products today.

There is no safe level of lead exposure for anyone. It can be harmful to people of all ages, but young children and unborn babies are at greatest risk, as it causes damage to their developing brains and nervous systems.

If you think you have been exposed to lead or have symptoms of lead poisoning, contact your doctor. They may recommend you have a blood test to determine if further steps are necessary.

Further information

For further information on lead, including ways to reduce your exposure, contact SA Health's Scientific Services on (08) 8226 7100.