I work with lead. Should I have a blood test?

Yes. Under the Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002, employers must arrange for workers 'significantly' exposed to lead at work to have regular blood tests. These regulations lay down two blood levels:

  • An 'action level', above which your employer must review the steps they are taking to control your lead exposure. For women of childbearing age, the action level is 25 g/dl.
  • A 'suspension level', above which your doctor will tell your employer that you are not allowed to work with lead again until the doctor says it is safe. For women of childbearing age, the suspension level is 30 g/dl. If this happens, your employer must offer you alternative work or, if this is impossible, may suspend you on full pay for up to 26 weeks.
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