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Indicator Profile of Adult Lead Exposure
Why Is This Important?Among adults, lead poisoning is primarily a preventable occupational health problem. Lead exposure in adults can cause anemia, nervous system dysfunction, kidney problems, hypertension, decreased fertility and miscarriages. Lead exposure may also harm children and other family members through contamination unintentionally brought home from the workplace.
Possible sources of non-occupational lead exposure to adults may include:
lead-contaminated dust created during home renovations; engaging in a hobby that involves lead (example: bullet making); food stored in lead-soldered cans or improperly glazed pottery; some traditional folk remedies and cosmetics; and some sources of tap water.
Adults with Elevated Blood Lead >= 25 ug/dL, Incidence Rate by Blood Lead Category and Year
Data Notes2011 denominator data is preliminary. The CDC Healthy People 2020 strategic plan sets a public health goal of all adult workers having adult blood lead values below 25 ug/dL.
Data SourcesOccupational Health Surveillance Unit, New Jersey Department of Health; U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics;
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DefinitionIncidence and prevalence rates of New Jersey adults reported to have elevated blood lead levels in a specified time interval.
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 05/21/12, Published on 05/21/13