Blood Lead Level Test

by Joe
(Michigan, U.S.A)

My blood lead level test is 2.0. No action required.
I am grateful and maybe a little lucky...

Working on old houses that I presumed to contain lead based paint over that last 4 decades was never a concern until the new EPA-RRP Rule brought to our attention the harmful side effects of the toxic lead poising that become airborne in the dust when doing demolition, renovations, and repairs on houses built in 1978 and older.

Lead paint was also used in Industrial and Commercial Storefront, both of which I've had exposure to.

After I completed the EPA-RRP Certified Renovator Course, reviewing all the side effects and illnesses related to lead based paint poisoning....

Being a little neurotic anyway, (which is a symptom), it appeared I had all the symptoms of lead poisoning.

Additionally...

Asbestos was also widely used in many construction materials like plaster and lath, floor tiles, furnaces and duct work, fire retardant barriers for cooking and fireplace areas, etc...

I'm the stereo type that only goes to Doctor if I break something, but I never would go looking for something medically wrong if I could get up and go to work everyday!

I got scared!

I had my Primary Care Physician order Blood Lead Level Tests and chest X-rays to look for asbestos.
That was a nerve racking month waiting for the results.

I'm in the clear... So far?



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((My LBL - Lead Blood Level is 2.0 ug/dL.))

Lead Blood Level guidelines

Lead Blood Levels below 10.0 ud/dL - No Action required.

LBL Levels 10.0 - 24.9 ud/dL - Identify and Minimize.

LBL Levels 25.0 - 49.9 ud/dL - Remove from Exposure.

LBL Levels 50.0 - 79.9 ud/dL - Remove from Lead.

LBL Levels greater than 80.0 ug/dL - Chelation Therapy may be required.

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As for the Chest X-rays... No asbestos findings. Lucky again!

I rarely wore a respirator in the past unless I was spray painting.

I often used dust masks, of course the cheap ones.
And many time did the hold-your-breath routine.

Working in the home remodeling and real estate investing business apparently now has some identified health risks.

The Doctor did give me the long face on some other construction related disabilities, that's a different subject for later.

Have you had your Blood Lead Level Test?

It would be interesting to know,
if the lead based paint dust has affected long time workers in our real estate rehabbing industry...

The EPA-RRP Rule is primarily for Targeted Housing to protect children from exposure to the toxic lead dust and paint chips.

What's your blood lead level test results?

Click the link below and share your results with the 1000's of visitors that visit ask-the-reahbber.com.

Are we facing an epidemic? Hopefully not?

To your Health,

Joe



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Very interesting lead information
by: Nick S.

Hi Joe,

Thanks for the information! I especially liked the chart. I've never thought about getting it checked out. I've lived and worked in old homes and rehabs all my life.

I should get it checked out!

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Hope your Lead Blood Levels are low Nick.

Now that we know, we'll have to eliminate our exposure to lead based paint dust!

I've been remodeling old homes all my adult life.

Fresh air, open windows, and ventilation to keep the lead and contaminated dust out is probably what saved us from contracting lead poisoning.

The new EPA-RRP guidelines are to block the ventilation duct work, close the windows, and wear Hazardous Material protective clothing including respirators.

This is going to make our working conditions quite uncomfortable for temperature control and restrictive protective clothing.

I'm still debating whether to continue with the older homes or move away from contaminated houses.


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