Adult Lead Poisoning

Adults can be exposed to lead dust or lead fumes through certain jobs or hobbies. They can also get exposed during renovation or remodeling activities in homes built before 1978. Staff in the NYS Health Department's Bureau of Occupational Health follow up with adults, if their blood lead test results are elevated, to help them identify sources of lead in their homes or workplaces that might have contributed to higher lead levels. If you think you have been exposed to lead, you should ask your doctor for a blood lead test.

Information for Contractors, Homeowners, Landlords, and Tenants

There are many ways to reduce the hazards of lead-based paint, but some methods may actually increase the risk of lead exposure for both adults and children. Learn more about how to do remodeling and renovation in a lead-safe way.

Information for Employers and Workers

Workers can be exposed to lead in some jobs because the work creates lead dust or fumes.

Information for Health Care Providers

Information for Target Shooters and Hunters

People can be exposed to lead by eating venison and small game harvested with lead shot and lead bullets. People can also be exposed to lead when it is released into the air when a gun is fired, particularly in a shooting range. Most ammunition contains lead within the bullet and the primer. Lead particles are also formed as the lead bullet spirals through the barrel. These particles of lead can get into your body when you breathe or swallow, and lead dust can get on your food, cigarettes, or other items that you eat, drink, or put in your mouth.

For advice on how to reduce lead exposure and the risk of eating lead fragments from venison and other meat:

If you have any questions regarding how to reduce the amount of lead in venison, please contact your Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Wildlife Office.

For questions about potential health effects from lead, call the Department of Health at 1-800-458-1158.

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