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Blood-lead statistics

HSE InfoLine : 25 February, 2004  (Company News)
The Health and Safety Executive today published the latest statistics (2002/03) on blood-lead levels of workers in Great Britain exposed to lead, as collected under the Control of Lead at Work Regulations.
The Health and Safety Executive today published the latest statistics (2002/03) on blood-lead levels of workers in Great Britain exposed to lead, as collected under the Control of Lead at Work Regulations.

The distribution of blood-lead levels of workers under medical surveillance in 2002/03 and the previous two years is shown below in Table 1. Table 2 gives a breakdown by industry sector and the number of young people under surveillance.

The main points:

The total number of workers under medical surveillance in 2002/03 fell for the fifth
consecutive year to 12,773 reflecting the decline in the size of the industry.
The lead battery industry recorded the highest number of individual males, 74 (2.9% of those surveyed), with 60g/100ml or greater blood lead. This compares with 41 (1.5%) in 2001/02.

68 males were suspended from working with lead in 2001/02, a decrease on the
previous year. Five females were suspended from working with lead in 2002/03, also a decrease on the previous year.
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