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    If you are occupationally exposed to heavy metals, your workplace should have written protocols in place to minimize your exposure. A variety of controls such as eliminating or minimizing the use of such materials, the use of fume hoods, respirator requirements, medical monitoring and more may be required.

    Presumably, employers should be taking care to ensure that no worker is exposed to potentially harmful levels of any substance. However, this is not always the case, so be vigilant. Be sure to read the MSDS for any heavy-metal containing material very closely. It should describe the symptoms of poisoning and chronic effects of exposure.

    Heavy metals are fetotoxic, so women of child-bearing age should avoid any exposure to heavy metals. Note: the U.S. Supreme Court has declared it illegal under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act for employers to bar women from jobs that may expose them to lead or other toxins! See this OSHA Interpretation Letter on the ruling or this EEOC PDA fact sheet for more information.

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