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Lead (CAS 7439-92-1) is a soft, metallic, blue-grey heavy metal.

In the workplace, lead may be encountered as a dust or fume in a pure, oxide or salt form.

Lead and lead compounds are found in solders, metal alloys, bronzes and construction material, are used as shielding for γ- or X-radiation (from X-rays) and have previously been used in paints. Lead may still be found in paint or painted products sourced from overseas.

This guide provides information for those registered medical practitioners engaged by a PCBU to carry out or supervise health monitoring for workers. This guidance should be read in conjunction with the following:

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