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LEAD HANDLING SAFETY
Melting lead and casting lead objects will expose you and others in the
area to lead, which is known to cause birth defects, other reproductive
harm and cancer.  Please use caution to reduce exposure.
Below is a list of concerns to some common questions you may have about safety.  This should
be considered just a reference of information that will be helpful.  Learning with the help of
someone with experience in lead casting is very helpful and recommended whenever possible.
The most important of all rules is to simply use common sense to avoid accidents and
excessive exposure to lead.
DO NOT... Eat, drink or smoke while handling lead.  Trace amounts of lead will remain on your hands
until they are washed thoroughly.  Wash your hands immediately after handling raw lead.

DO NOT... Melt lead in a confined area.  Choose a dry outdoor location or a well ventilated garage or
shop area.  Melting lead will produce toxic fumes that MUST BE vented to an open air/outdoor area.

DO NOT... Overheat your lead with excessive heat.  This can cause additional toxic gases to be
released from impurities in the lead.

DO NOT... Melt lead near any water.  Water mixing with hot lead can be extremely dangerous.  Steam
explosions can occur that will cause the molten lead to scatter in the immediate area.  Even sweat
dripping into a hot lead pot can cause this to happen.
DO... Use a stable and sturdy work table or counter top for your work area.

DO... Place all equipment on your work area where you have easy access without having to reach over
or around hot objects.  Placing your equipment and supplies in an efficient layout will help to keep you
moving smoothly and quickly through the process so that molds do not have to be re-heated between
castings.  Use hot pads or other insulating layers on your work area where possible.

DO... Wear long sleeved shirt and pants to cover exposed skin from possible spattering of molten lead.  
Wearing a hat or cap is also a good idea.

DO... Wear heavy heat insulated work gloves during casting.  Lead will retain its heat after melting for
some time.

DO... Wear goggles, safety goggles will provide better protection than safety glasses.

Do... Keep your work area clean of any leftover cut lead sprues, shavings or cooled spattering.  Small
pieces of lead can easily become stuck to clothing and carried away from your work area.  Young children
are extremely vulnerable to the effects of elevated blood/lead levels.  If you have young children in your
household, I recommend using a separate set of "work" clothes and shoes to wear only while working
with lead and wear them ONLY in your shop area.  This way you will help prevent lead pieces or lead dust
to be taken into your house unknowingly, where children could be exposed to it.
For those who pour and cast large quantities of lead/alloy objects on a regular basis, blood checks for
lead levels are recommended and are available through a medical professional.  Speak to your physician
about your concerns and to find out more about obtaining blood work.

Using common sense to avoid potentially dangerous situations and injuries is a must!!!  Just use your
head be safe.
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safety concerns, please
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LEAD POURING
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