Consequences of Lead Paint Exposure

November 16, 2010

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Lead is an abundant metal in this planet used for many important applications. However, it is a very toxic material that causes severe health damages when absorbed by humans. One of the main sources of lead exposure is from concentrated amounts of lead found in ordinary paints, particularly those in old houses and properties. Lead pigment imbues paints with quicker-drying, longer-lasting, anti-corrosive and aesthetic-enhancing properties. However, because of the documented ill-effects of lead in paint, lead paint abatement activities have to be done to prevent adverse results.

Lead exposure is particularly hazardous to small children 6 years old and below. Their bodies absorb lead more easily and when lead enters into their system, this harms their brain and organ development. Without lead paint abatement, children can be affected by lead poisoning from exposure and manifest the following neurological and physical conditions:

1. Delayed mental and physical development
2. Reduced attention span
3. Behavioral and learning disorders
4. Brain and kidneys damage
5. Fetal death during pregnancy

Studies show that lead paint abatement activities cost less when compared to the cost and consequences of lead exposure. In fact, lead paint abatement costs are minimal in light of newer discoveries that lead exposure not only has an economic cost, it also carries a concomitant social cost. Studies how a direct correlation between lead poisoning and crime, as well as adult diseases acquired from childhood lead exposure and poisoning.

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