Forklift Operator Certification Series
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Lead is one of the first metals ever used by man, but it was also the cause of the first recorded occupational disease, "lead colic," suffered by a metal worker who lived about twenty-four hundred years ago. While it has many uses, lead is also "toxic,' poisonous to humans, animals and plants. When it is taken into the human body, it usually leads to serious health problems, and it can be fatal.
According to OSHA, more than eight hundred thousand workers in the United States are exposed to lead regularly as part of their jobs. Employees need to understand the health hazards of lead exposure, the safety standards that have been established to protect them on the job, and what they can do to safeguard themselves from lead's harmful effects every day. This program reminds employees of the dangers of lead and the health effects long-term exposure can have.