Lead is malleable, and relatively low melting point, and therefore it has been used since ancient times to transport water, and found with copper Cu in metal alloys e.g. in small quantities within brass (with zinc Zn) and bronze (with tin Sn).
Indeed lead poisoning is probably the oldest recorded industrial (occupational) disease.
The image (right) shows a lead organ in Oxford, England.
Lead has been used, as an organic alkyl compound - tetraethyl lead - to prevent 'knocking' in petrol (gasoline) engines by increasing the 'octane value' of the fuel.
Lead is generally resistant to corrosion - but it will dissolve weakly
in acid (low pH) water, or even in water of a very high pH.
Occupational exposures may arise in:
Workers involved in high exposure jobs undergo regular health surveillance.)
Environmental exposures may arise from
Hobbies and Related Activities
Substance Use/Abuse might arise from:
Environmental pathways - air
Environmental pathways - water
Environmental pathways - soil
Examples of Preventive Measures - avoiding hazards, and reducing risks
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