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  • Lead is a metal that may be found in the home or work environment.
  • Lead exposure can impair intellectual development and damage the brain if levels are high enough.
  • All children should have their exposure to lead minimised.
  • Children under five years of age are at greatest risk of the health effects of lead.
  • All women should minimise their exposure to lead both before and during pregnancy and when breastfeeding.
  • See your doctor to request a blood test for lead if you are concerned. 
  • The best way to prevent lead exposure is to remove or protect yourself and others from known or suspected lead sources.

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Reviewed on: 15-10-2021