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Adult Risk Factors

If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions you may be at risk for lead poisoning.

  • Do you work with lead on the job?  Please see Occupations at Risk
  • Do you have any hobbies that may put you at risk for lead exposure? 

Hobbies may include:  

  • Auto body repair work at home
  • Bronze casting
  • Build, repair or paint boats
  • Copper enameling
  • Electronics repair
  • Fishing with sinkers
  • Glassblowing
  • Heat gun, welding or torch work
  • Home renovation
  • Hunting
  • Jewelry making
  • Liquor distillation
  • Make ammunition
  • Make or splice cable or wire or soldering
  • Melt metal for reuse (smelting)
  • Painting (artwork or structures) or make paint pigments
  • Paint/varnish removal
  • Plumbing
  • Pottery
  • Pour molten metal (foundries)
  • Print making
  • Remodel, repair or demolition of buildings
  • Repair radiators
  • Salvage metal or batteries
  • Sandblasting
  • Shooting
  • Stained glass work
  • Use chemical strippers

Worker in Hard Hat

  • Have you or has anyone in your home ever had lead poisoning? 
  • Do you live in an apartment or house that was built before 1978 with recent, ongoing, or planned renovation/remodeling? 
  • Do you live with someone who works with lead? 
  • Have you ever had a gun shot injury (bullets may contain lead)? 
  • Do you use leaded crystal or imported ceramic cookware/dinnerware?
  • Are you a recent immigrant to the United States? 
  • Do you use any products from other countries such as herbal medicines, health remedies, spices, foods and cosmetics? 



Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection
Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES) Program
246 N High St
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: (614) 466-2627 or 1-877-LEADSAFE (532-3723)

Fax: (614) 728-6793

Last Reviewed: 12/23/2015