Lead

Lead is a dangerous waste that shows up in many products and industries. We can help you manage your lead-containing waste properly.

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Not a business?

See our guidance for households and individuals to learn what to do with potential lead-based items.

Common sources of lead in the workplace

Common dangerous wastes that may contain lead include:

How to manage lead waste

Regardless of the industry, if your business generates waste that contains lead, you must designate it.

Lead in construction and demolition waste

See our construction and demolition debris page for more information on this waste stream. Here are some tips to remember:

  • Take samples for lab analysis to determine if construction debris is dangerous waste.
  • Test older buildings before demolition. If lead concentrations exceed dangerous waste thresholds, manage the structure or its lead-bearing components as dangerous waste.
  • Lead pipe usually designates as dangerous waste and should not be disposed of in the regular garbage.
  • Remove lead before renovation or demolition.

Toxicity and health effects of lead

Workers exposed to lead are at risk of lead poisoning. Workers with lead poisoning can then spread it to others. Young children are most at risk from lead exposure, which is absorbed into the bloodstream, soft tissue, bones, and teeth.