EPA lead pamphlets are educational materials that provide safety tips and information to prevent the harmful health effects of lead exposure and poisoning. EPA offers pamphlets for contractors, families, child care providers, property managers and shooting range owners.
Pamphlets may be downloaded and printed from the EPA website. People can also order pamphlets by calling the Government Printing Office at 202-512-1800 or placing an online order at the Government Printing Office website.
Lead occurs naturally in nature and is found in small concentrations in soil; however, lead exposure is toxic. In children, it may cause a decrease in IQ, behavior problems and anemia. In severe cases, it can cause seizures, coma and death. Lead exposure in adults leads to reproductive and heart problems, high blood pressure and decreased kidney function.
While current regulations minimize the risk of lead exposure, people are still at risk from leaded gasoline, old paints containing lead, mining and industrial activities, lead pipes and ammunition.