February 9, 1990

New Sources Add to Lead Poisoning Concerns

JAMA. 1990;263(6):790-791. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440060020004

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


LEAD POISONING again is edging to the forefront of medical concerns, spurred by the addition of unusual sources and a growing amount of information about the severity of its consequences.

Ingesting or breathing in the lead from paint is still a major cause. Despite the Consumer Product Safety Commission's (Washington, DC) setting the maximum lead level allowed in paint at 0.06%, many homes have been—and in a few cases still are being—painted with older, more heavily lead-based paint, and several recent government reports focus on the lack of lead detection and abatement policies nationwide.

Still, the source of lead is not always from paint. Lead can be inhaled from the dust that comes from the clothes, skin, shoes, and cars of people who work in lead-related industries, such as lead smelting, brass foundries, battery or ceramics manufacture, ammunition preparation and use (firing ranges), or production of plastics and stained-glass windows