Run by

The LEAD Group Inc
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
Australians! Take action
today. Is lead harming
you & your kids? Buy low
cost, NATA accredited
laboratory lead test kits
here. Sample your dust,
soil, water, paint, toys,
jewellery, ceramics
what's new 

Water Lead test Kits

Proceeds from our DIY Home Lead Assessment kit sales go towards the
Keeping Australian Lead Out of Leaded Petrol Initiative.

Search this site
Search tips 
What's New

About Us
bell system lead poisoning
Contact Us
Council Lead Project
Library-Fact Sheets
Home Page
Media Releases
Referral Lists
Site Map
Slide Shows-Films
Useful Links

Visitor Number

  QUESTION: Handling stained glass. 26 Dec 2003, British Columbia Canada

My sister brought over beautiful leaded stained glass windows to my home for gifts for my daughter and I . My daughter has a newborn and my sister did say to wash our hands before touching the baby. I am concerned though because many family members held the stained glass & touched or held our new baby throughout the night. I can't be sure everyone took the same precautions. The next day it really concerned me. If my daughter carried the lead glass window, can lead be absorbed through her skin and into her milk supply to the baby ? Does just washing hands get rid of the danger ?

ANSWER: 29 Dec 2003

Dear Sita,

Washing hands is sufficient after handling stained glass and there is very little chance of any lead being absorbed through dry skin while handling stained glass. The breasts form an excellent filter for the lead in your daughter's blood - only about 5% at the most of what is in her blood will reach your grandchild through the breast milk. Your daughter can always ask the doctor for a blood lead test if there is any doubt about her lead exposure. Relatives handling the baby after handling the stained glass would form a very very minor risk of lead exposure for the baby. I hope this alleviates your concern.

Best wishes for the festive season. Yours Sincerely
Elizabeth O'Brien

Update 2010 See: Beware The Lead In Lead Lighting

About Us | bell system lead poisoning | Contact Us | Council LEAD Project | egroups | Library - Fact Sheets | Home Page | Media Releases
| Q & A | Referral lists | Reports | Site Map | Slide Shows - Films | Subscription | Useful Links |  Search this Site
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer
Last Updated 22 April 2012
Copyright The LEAD Group Inc. 1991- 2012
PO Box 161 Summer Hill NSW 2130 Australia
Phone: +61 2 9716 0014