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The Rotary Club of North Sydney Sunrise asks Parents
to help LEAD the way against LEAD
Rotary International

In some areas of Sydney up to 1 in 4 children less than 5 years of age have blood lead levels above what is recommended for good health.
If your child has too much lead in their blood something CAN be done about it. If you know your child has too much lead, you can find out where the lead is and how to stop it getting into your child. This will help lessen the potential harmful effects of lead, such as learning and behaviour problems or lowered IQ. Most children with too much lead in their blood are never tested. These children often have problems at school and families will never know why.

Take a moment to answer the following questions to see if your child should be tested.

CHILDREN UP TO 4 YEARS OF AGE ARE MOST AT RISK FROM LEAD

CHILDHOOD LEAD EXPOSURE RISK FACTOR QUESTIONNAIRE

If the answer is YES to any of these questions your child may be at risk of an elevated blood lead level - discuss with your doctor the need for a blood lead test. 

If your child is aged between 9 months & 4 years, does he or she:

Live in, or frequently visit, a house*

  • built before 1970 with peeling or chipping paint?
  • built before 1970 with previous or ongoing renovation where old paint (inside or outside) has been burnt or sanded off, or where ceilings, walls or floors have been demolished?
  • near a lead releasing industry, eg lead mine, lead smelter, battery-recycling plant?

(*- House includes day-care centres, pre-schools and homes of babysitters, relatives etc)



Yes  No 
Yes  No

Yes  No 

Live with an adult:

  • Live with an adult whose job or hobby uses lead? (eg lead mining or smelting, automotive repair, panel-beating, lead lighting, fishing sinker making, electronics, shooting instruction, car-battery service/ repair or manufacture).


Yes  No 
  • Have a brother or sister, housemate or playmate with an elevated blood lead level?
Yes  No 
Does your child….
  • Sometimes eat non-food items such as soil or paint?
Yes  No 
  • Have anaemia due to not enough iron, behaviour problem, learning problem or did they sit up, walk or talk late
Yes No 

** Other groups at risk of lead exposure include

  • Pregnant women and their unborn babies

  • People who live in and/or renovate pre 1970 houses (especially children)   /font>

  • Households where a family member works with lead or uses it in a hobby

  • Households who live near a source of lead contamination (e.g. lead smelter, market garden once sprayed with lead arsenate, municipal incinerator, car repairer where paint is stripped, battery breaking yard).

If your child is at risk of having a raised blood lead level, Medicare covers the cost of the test.


Painless blood lead testing is possible through the use of EMLA™ anaesthetic patches, which are available without a prescription from chemists.
The patch must be applied at least one hour before the blood sample is taken.

 

Remember that the absence of symptoms does NOT take away the need for a blood lead test.

Most children have no symptoms until high lead levels are reached.

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A message to doctors

Careful questioning of the patient to identify risk factors, followed by a blood test, is the best way to confirm exposure to lead. Most cases of lead poisoning show no symptoms.

If there is a risk factor, a venous blood lead should be done.

Venous blood samples remain the recommended sampling technique. Finger prick, hair and urine testing are not recommended because of the risk of contamination and false positive results. Blood samples can be sent to your chosen pathologist, but it is suggested that parents use larger centres with two or more staff or hospitals. Parents may like to purchase EMLA™ local anaesthetic patches from their local pharmacy and apply this to one or both antecubital fossae one hour prior to blood collection to reduce discomfort.

Identification and Management of Lead Affected People

For more information GP’s and patients can contact:
The LEAD Group Inc 
Phone 1800 626 086 or 9716 0014

Website: http://www.lead.org.au

use the “Contact” form to send an email]

 

The LEAD Group is a not for profit organisation that receives some funding from the federal government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC)


The Lead Education and Abatement Design Group
Working to eliminate lead poisoning globally and to protect the
environment from lead in all its uses: past, current and new uses
ABN 25 819 463 114

For more information about the Rotary Club of North Sydney Sunrise visit http://www.rotaryclubofnorthsydneysunrise.org.au/ or the Rotary International website: http://www.rotary.org/

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The LEAD Group Inc. Fact Sheet Index

NSW Lead Reference Centre and NSW Government Publications On this site

  1. About the Global Lead Advice and Support Service (GLASS)

  2. Main Sources of Lead

  3. How Would You Know If You or Your Child Was lead poisoned?

  4. Lead aware housekeeping

  5. Ceiling dust & lead poisoning

  6. Is your yard lead safe?
    你的院子是铅安全的吗

  7. Health Impacts of lead poisoning

  8. Rotary Questionnaire

  9. Lead poisoned Pets and Your Family

  10. Childhood Lead Poisoning Risk Factor Questionnaire

  11. Is Your Child Safe From Lead? - What Can You Do About Lead?

  12. Lead in Drinking Water in Australia

  13. Have We Really Resolved The Lead Issue?

  14. The Importance of the Availability of "Spot Tests" for Lead in Paint

  15. Pregnant or Planning a Pregnancy

  16. Breastfeeding and Lead

  17. Lead in breast milk

  18. Beware The Lead In Lead Lighting

  19. Renting and Lead

  20. What to do if you have too much lead in your tank water

  21. Lead Contamination in Stormwater

  22. Contamination At Shooting Ranges

  23. Banned: Leaded Wick Candles

  24. Lead, Ageing and Death
    铅,衰老和死亡

  25. Metal miniatures: How to minimise the risks of lead poisoning and contamination

  26. 7 Point Plan for the MANAGEMENT OF LEAD by Australian parents and carers

  27. Countries where Leaded Petrol is Possibly Still Sold for Road Use, As at 17th June 2011

  28. Lead Poisoning And The Brain - Cognitive Deficits And Mental Illness

  29. Facts and Firsts of Lead

  30. Lead mining royalties by state and territory

  31. Lead Mining Stewardship - Grey Lead and the Role of The LEAD Group

  32. Preventative Strategies of The LEAD Group

  33. What do Doctors need to do about Lead?

  34. A Naturopath's Experience Of Lead & People With Diagnosed Mental Illness

  35. Case File: Helping Manage Australian Lead in Petrol - How GLASS Works

  36. Glass Web & Service-Users, Experts & Volunteers, by Country; Countries with Leaded Petrol for Road Use & Worst Pollution

  37. Lead in ceiling dust

  38. Lead paint & ceiling dust management - how to do it lead-safely

  39. Esperance parliamentary inquiry follow-up factsheet: Where to from Here??
    埃斯佩兰斯议会调查后续情况说明书:从这里去哪里??

  40. Broken Hill lead miners factsheet 1893 with Note 20081015

  41. Helping a Doctor Help 35,000 Lead-Poisoned People Around the Lead Smelter at La Oroya in Peru
    Ayuda a un doctor que ayuda 35,000 personas envenenadas por plomo alrededor de la fundidora de plomo en la Oroya-Peru
    案例档案:帮助一个医生救助在秘鲁的拉奥罗亚的铅冶炼厂周围的35000铅中毒的人民全球铅咨询和支持的服务机构是怎末工作的

  42. Fact sheet for Australian toy importers and traders

  43. Iron Nutrition & Lead Toxicity
    Informe de Acciones – Hierro y Plomo en la Nutrición
    情况说明书铁的营养和铅的毒性

  44. Sanitarium-Are You getting Enough Iron

  45. Do-It-Yourself-Lead-Safe-Test-Kits-flyer

  46. Blood lead testing: who to test, when, and how to respond to the result

  47. Dangers of a blood lead level above 2 µg/dL and below 10 µg/dL to both adults and children
    血铅水平高于
    2微克/分升和低于10微克/分升对予成人和儿童的危险。

  48. Lead Exposure & Alzheimer’s Disease: Is There A Link?

  49. In CHINA - Blood lead testing: who to test, when, and how to respond to the result
    在中国血铅测试:谁应该去检查,什么时候,如何对待不同的测试结果

  50. Why you should have your ceiling dust removed before you take advantage of the Australian government's Energy Efficient Homes Package: Insulation Program

  51. Alperstein et al Lead Alert - A Guide For Health Professionals 1994

  52. Ceiling Dust WorkCover Guide Lee Schreiber Final Nov 1999

  53. What can I do about climate change AND lead?

  54. The Need for Expert Clinical Assessments in Diagnosis Of Heavy Metal Poisoning

  55. Why you should have your ceiling dust removed before you have insulation installed

  56. Thirty Thought-Starters on Ceiling Void Dust in Homes

  57. Pectin: Panacea for both lead poisoning and lead contamination

  58. Nutrients that reduce lead poisoning June 2010

  59. Lead poisoning and menopause

  60. Fact sheet For Schoolkids From Professor Knowlead About Lead

  61. Prevention of Exposure to Lead at Work in Indonesia

  62. Mencegah kontak dengan timbal di tempat kerja di Indonesia

  63. How to Protect Your Family from Lead in Indonesia

  64. Bagaimana melindungi keluargamu dari timbal di Indonesia

  65. Cigarette Smoking & Lead Toxicity
     صحيفة معلومات: التدخين والتسمم بالرصاص

  66. Medical Evaluation Questionnaire For Occupational Lead Exposure

  67. Dangers of a blood lead level above 2 µg/dL and below 10 µg/dL to children

  68. Dangers of a blood lead level above 2 µg/dL and below 10 µg/dL to adults

  69. Biosolids used as fertilizer in China and other countries
    在中国和其他国家生物固体作肥料

  70. What are the lead poisoning risks of a lead pellet, bullet or shot lodged in the body?

  71. Alcohol’s link to higher lead and iron levels

  72. USA Case Definition of Adult (including Occupational) & Child Elevated Blood Lead Levels (EBLL)

  73. Low Level Lead Exposure Harms Children - A Renewed Call for Primary Prevention

  74. Occupational Health & Safety Fact Sheet Dangers of lead for roofers

  75. Let’s Make Leaded Petrol History - Let’s Make Leaded Gasoline History

  76. Lead, Your Health & the Environment. Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Macedonian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese 

  77. Lead Safe Housekeeping

  78. Old Lead Paint

  79. Working safely with lead

  80. A Renovator's Guide To The Dangers Of Lead (Brochure 30 pages)

  81. A Guide For Health Care Professionals (Brochure 34 pages)

  82. A Guide To Keeping Your Family Safe From Lead (Brochure 20 pages)

  83. Lead Hazard Management In Children's Services (Brochure 15 pages)

  84. A Guide To Dealing With Soil That Might Be Lead-Contaminated

  85. Exposure Assessment: Lead Neurotoxicity - Is the Center for Disease Control's goal to reduce lead below 10 µg/dl blood in all children younger than 72 months by 2010, good enough?

  86. Foods for Lead Detox - Foods which Fight Lead Poisoning
    Alimentos para la Desintoxicación de Plomo - Alimentos que Luchan contra el Envenenamiento con Plomo

  87. Veganism - How do you obtain all the nutrients from a vegan diet that are important to lead exposed individuals?

  88. Blood Lead Challenge - Take the blood lead discovery and reporting challenge;
    El Desafío del Plomo en la Sangre - Descubra el nivel de plomo en la sangre y desafíe las estadisticas;
    Défi de Plomb dans le sang - Partez à la découverte de plomb dans votre sang et informez nous:

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