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Sources of Heavy Metal Exposure

Sources of Heavy Metal Exposure

Sources of Mercury Exposure

Food and Water Sources

•   large predatory fish
•   shell fish
•   food grown in contaminated soils
•   breast milk
•   low levels in drinking water

Airborne Pollution

•   coal burning power stations
•   emissions from iron and steel
    foundries

Dental

•   amalgam fillings

Cigarette Smoke

•   cigarette smoke
•   second-hand cigarette smoke

Health and Beauty Preparations

•   hair dye
•   tattoo ink

Consumer Products

•   light bulbs
•   batteries


Automotive Uses

•   automobile switches
•   car headlights
•   fluorescent background on
    dashboards
•   paint
•   seatbelt materials
•   carpeting
•   seat foam
•   steering wheel
•   dashboard
•   body panels
•   bumper


 

 Sources Of
Cadmium Exposure

Food Sources

•   food grown in contaminated soils
•   large ocean fish such as tuna, codfish
    and haddock
•   organ meats such as liver and
    kidneys
•   breast milk
•   a diet high in refined foods as many
    processed foods are stripped of zinc
    and calcium in the refining process
    allowing cadmium to be readily
    absorbed by the body
•   when cadmium is used as a plating
    material in food-processing plants,
    it finds its way into processed food
    products
•   processed meats, refined grains,
    instant coffee and cola drinks are
    among the most common  sources
    of cadmium toxicity
•   widespread use of white flour
    contributes to cadmium toxicity
    because of the high cadmium/zinc
    ratio
•   excessive carbohydrate intake
    reduces zinc levels which can
    aggravate cadmium toxicity
•   the solder used to seal some cans
    is a  common source of cadmium

Drinking Water

•   cadmium used in various industries
    eventually finds its way into many
    water supplies
•   soft water is more dangerous than
    hard water as the calcium in hard
    water has a protective effect against
    cadmium
•   cadmium is found in old galvanized
     pipes
•   new PVC plastic pipes are also a
     source of cadmium

Airborne Pollution

•   coal burning power stations
•   exhaust fumes
•   incineration of rubber goods, tyres,
     plastics and paints

Cigarette Smoke

•   cigarette smoke
•   second-hand cigarette smoke

Personal Products

•   hair dye
•   tattoo ink

Consumer Goods

•   fabric dyes
•   batteries

Industries

Workers in these industries have a higher risk of exposure.

•   processing of ores
•   batteries
•   semiconductors
•   electroplating
•   polishes
•   dental amalgams and appliances


 

 Sources of
Aluminium Exposure

 Food and Water Sources

•   cake mixes
•   processed cheese
•   flour
•   baking powder
•   colouring agents
•   anti-caking agents
•   soy-based infant formula
•   milk-based infant formula
•   breast milk
•   aluminium cookware
•   aluminium cans
•   aluminium foil
•   some drinking water is processed
    with aluminium salts

Airborne Pollution

•   coal burning power stations
•   aluminium in dust from soil erosion
    and mining

Cigarette Smoke

•   cigarette smoke
•   second-hand cigarette smoke

Health and Beauty Preparations

•   some cosmetics
•   some anti-perspirants
•   some pharmaceuticals, e.g. antacids
    and buffered aspirin
•   some vaccines

Industries

•   bauxite mining and processing


 

Sources Of Lead Exposure

Food and Water Sources

•   food grown in contaminated soils
•   breast milk
•   lead crystal, leaded decals
•   lead glazed pottery and ceramics
•   soldered canned food seams – mostly
    ham and other non-cylindrical cans
•   old cutlery and crockery
•   pewter mugs or plates
•   lead foil tops covering the corks of
    wine bottles
•   painted china
•   food and beverage hosing (PVC)
•   PVC water pipes
•   old lead pipes

Airborne Pollution

•   coal burning power stations
•   waste and emissions from ferrous and
    non-ferrous foundries
•   ash and emissions from wood-burning
•   emissions from metallurgical works
    and metal heat treating works
•   waste and emissions from lead, silver
    and zinc mines and smelters
•   ash and emissions from burning
    painted wood
•   ash and emissions from coal-burning
•   dust escape from demolition of
    buildings and other structures
•   volcanic eruptions
•   compounds for cloud-making

Cigarette Smoke

•   cigarette smoke
•   second-hand cigarette smoke

Health and Beauty Preparations

•   hair dye
•   tattoo ink
•   some make up, especially lip gloss
•   surma or kohl eye liner and lip pencil
•   some hair dyes
•   hair colour restorer treatments
•   calcium supplements made with lead
    contaminated bone meal

Consumer Products

•   batteries
•   toy soldiers and other models
•   lead or pewter jewelry
•   lamp stands and ashtrays
•   the fish-eye contacts on light bulbs
•   some imported crayons and chalk
•   t-shirt transfers
•   metalwork and glasswork crafts
•   leaded glass in TV tubes, TV and
    VDU screens
•   electronic lead solder in appliances
    and computers
•   pool cue chalk
•   fishing sinkers and jigs

Vehicle and Fuel Uses

•   lead octane enhancer for automotive
    and motor-mower fuels
•   sump-oil
•   radiator solder
•   PVC in vehicle interiors, e.g. mats
•   PVC in oil and air filters
•   auto body solder for panel beating
•   lead-acid batteries for generators and
    automotive use (comprises 64% of
    world use of lead)
•   PVC flexible bumper strip
•   PVC body side moulding and mud
    flaps
•   aviation fuel for non-jet engines

Plastics and chemicals

•   pigments
•   lubricants
•   PVC piping. moulding, coated wire
•   PVC mini-blinds
•   PVC footwear
•   PVC vinyl coated fabrics eg seating,
    clothing, awnings, signs
•   PVC film and sheets e.g. stationery
    folders, packaging, cling wrap
•   lead oxide in glassmaking
•   tile and other glazing compounds
•   PVC coated electrical cable
•   PVC cladding
•   PVC solar tubing for heating
    swimming pools
•   PVC flexible extrusion
•   PVC flooring
•   lead compounds in rubber
    manufacture
•   lead pigmented coloured glass

Building Materials

•   sheet lead flashings
•   lead head roof nails and lead washers
•   old gas and water pipes
•   lead in bronze or brass alloys
•   red lead as a sealant
•   wrought iron
•   old glazing putty, white lead and
    linseed oil based putty
•   radiation shielding
•   damp courses
•   lead solder for plumbing
•   cable sheathing
•   sound insulation
•   lead-light
•   pipe fittings and collapsible tubing

Painted Surfaces and Compounds

•   pre-1970 furniture, toys and painted
    surfaces in houses
•   playground equipment
•   paintings and signs 
•   vehicles
•   white-goods
•   universal pink primer
•   lead compounds as coloured
    pigments
•   vitreous enamel used to coat baths

Inks and Dyes

•   fabric dyes
•   tattoo ink
•   old printing
•   leather tanning compounds
•   packaging
•   cheap coloured news print


 

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