The following can contain lead:
- cable coverings
- x-ray shields
Lead exposure most commonly occurs when airborne particles containing lead contaminate the drinking water. Water can also be contaminated with lead by traveling through lead-based pipes that have become corroded.
Lead poisoning can occur from ingestion or inhalation. Approximately 90% of the lead that we inhale is absorbed into our bloodstream, where the majority is them absorbed into the bones. Some of the lead then goes on to organs and soft tissues.
Lead is extremely toxic; exposure leads to a variety of symptoms including constipation and abdominal pain.
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