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Children of Construction Workers Are at Risk of Secondhand Lead Exposure

From Boston University:

Coming into contact with dangerous heavy metals like lead can, unfortunately, be a part of the daily job for construction workers across the country. Side effects of lead exposure are well documented, and can cause severe health problems like anemia, weakness, and kidney and brain damage. Very high lead exposure can even cause death.

But construction workers themselves aren’t the only people at risk—so are their loved ones at home, including their children, whose small bodies can be disproportionately affected by lead exposure.

As part of a nationwide effort to curb household contamination from toxins and harmful substances, Diana Ceballos will lead a team of BU researchers working to illuminate new ways to reduce lead levels in children who live in homes of construction workers.

Learn more at http://www.bu.edu/articles/2019/workplace-lead-exposure/