|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.
|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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