Can adults get lead poisoning?

Adults can also get lead poisoning. Take precautions to protect yourself and your family if you have a job or a hobby that involves lead. Jobs and hobbies involving lead include artists; mechanics; construction workers’ recyclers of metal, electronics and batteries; and firing range instructors or gunsmiths.
Shower and change your clothes and shoes after finishing an activity that involves working with lead, such as using a firing range or working with stained glass. Children can get lead poisoning from these activities when lead dust is brought into the house. 
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) More information on how to protect yourself and your family if you work with lead.
Information for providers
Blood lead levels (BLL) are reportable in Colorado, per Colorado Revised Statute 25-1-122. All laboratories must report elevated adult BLLs to the state. An elevated test for adults (age >18) is considered ≥ 5 micrograms per deciliter (ug/dL). All BLL tests for children are also reportable. Data on elevated BLLs for adults and children of working age (16 and older) is collected and analyzed to:
  • Determine the number of workers in Colorado who may be lead poisoned, what industries they work in, where they live and work and whether they are potentially exposing their families to lead.
  • Track trends in the incidence and prevalence of occupational lead poisoning; share information with the public, health care providers, public health professionals and labor and industry stakeholders.
  • Identify and follow up on elevated blood lead reports to reduce lead poisoning in workers. Many tasks and jobs can expose workers to harmful levels of lead, but making simple changes in the workplace can usually prevent lead poisoning.