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Drinking Water Inspectorate: Lead in Drinking Water

Sets out the Drinking Water Inspectorates general background of lead in drinking water in England and Wales and what action can be taken.

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SCHER: Lead Standard in Drinking Water

Scientific Committee on Health and the Environmental Risks (SCHER) provide the European Commission with the scientific advice it needs when preparing policy and proposals relating to consumer safety, public health and the environment. In 2011it completed a review of the lead standard.

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Health and Safety Executive: Working Safely with Lead

Provides guidance preventive actions that can be taken if lead is an issue in the workplace. Provides references to

  • Control of lead at work
  • Lead and You – working safely with lead
  • MDHS – Lead and inorganic compounds of lead in air

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Health Protection Agency: A Children’s Environment and Health Strategy for the UK

Lead is identified action on lead in drinking water as a key contributor to the Regional Priority Goal 1

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Health Protection Agency: Lead

This is a very general commentary on lead in the wider context

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Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering

As well as a general discussion of lead health issue, provides guidance on healthy issue for those handling lead pipes

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International Lead Association

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Recent Literature on health effects of lead

US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Updates Guidelines for Children’s Lead Exposure

This article details CDC’s rational in 2012 for dropping the intervention level for lead in blood from 10 µg/dL to 5 µg/dL in 2012 as a pragmatic approach to the lack of any safe level for lead being identified.

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World Health Organisation: Water safety in buildings

This document provides guidance for managing water supplies in buildings where people may drink water; use water for food preparation; wash, shower, swim or use water for other recreational activities; or be exposed to aerosols produced by water-using devices, such as cooling towers. These uses occur in a variety of buildings, such as hospitals, schools, child and aged care, medical and dental facilities, hotels, apartment blocks, sport centres, commercial buildings and transport terminals.

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Is bottled water really unsafe for making up infant formula?

Community Practitioner

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