Lead is one component that very commonly used in chemical and industrial products. It used to be a key ingredient in paints, electronic board manufacturing, and a lot of other products and applications. However, many studies have shown that lead is a highly toxic substance. And it has been proven time and again that this element is not only hazardous to the one’s health; it can be very disastrous to the environment as well.
As a result, lead is slowly being taken out of the factories – especially in the production of commonly used items at home. Paints with lead content are slowly being phased out, after studies indicating brain damage and nervous system disorder in young children who have accidentally ingested them. Adults, on the other hand, could experience nerve disorders and reproductive organ damage for doing the same.
The initiative to remove lead from products used at home and in most electronic gadgets is supported by the Environmental Protection Agency. The agency started promoting stricter guidelines for the use of lead and similar poisonous products. The idea is to achieve a totally lead-free environment. The use of lead in industrial products should be voluntarily substituted, if not totally banned. Aside from paint, lead should be taken out as an ingredient in manufacturing plumbing materials, earthenware, petrol, and children’s toys.
Lead in water can also be removed by raising its pH level, thus making drinking water more alkaline. Doing so is not only beneficial to one’s health – it also reduces the risks of polluting the environment. This can be achieved by adding calcium phosphate or calcium hydroxide to the drinking water.
If the use of lead can’t be thoroughly prohibited, certain measures should be employed so that all the risks involved with using them can be reduced. Necessary work practices should be put in to play, such as following proper segregation, enclosure, exhaustion, and ventilation whenever lead and its by-products are used.