During prolonged chronic exposure, many body systems can be affected by lead, including the brain, kidneys, muscles, bones, the blood forming system and the reproductive system.  Reported acute health effects include flu-like illness, encephalophy, coma and death.  However,  it is unlikely that occupationally related exposure would result in any acute illness.

If you are a male who has been exposed to lead you may experience impotence, decreased sex drive and sterility. If you are a woman who has been exposed to lead you may experience decreased fertility and sex drive.


Children of exposed pregnant mothers can be affected. Lead in the pregnant mothers body can cross the placental barrier and increase the probability of birth defects, mental retardation, behavioral disorders, and other health problems to the unborn child.

If you have any specific questions regarding Health Effects, please contact Health Services at x6266.

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