Resolution lead: Kelly O'Grady (Past Political Action ENO)
ONEIG has passed resolutions on childhood lead exposure at both the CNA and RNAO. Further information about Kelly's work on lead can be found at her organization's website The First Six Years.
Lead health effects
Lead can be harmful to people of all ages. Recent scientific studies show that negative health effects are occurring at lower levels of exposure to lead than previously thought. Low-level exposure may have subtle effects on the intellectual development and behaviour of infants and children. They are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of lead because their growing bodies absorb lead more easily and get rid of it less efficiently than adults. Also, infants and young children are more likely to ingest lead because of their normal habit of putting things in their mouths. In adults, the strongest scientific evidence to date suggests low levels of lead exposure may cause a small increase in blood pressure.
Ongoing exposure to even small amounts of lead may eventually result in harmful levels in the body. Once lead is absorbed into your blood, it is either eliminated from your body (mostly in urine) or builds up in your bones. It can remain stored in your body for over 30 years.
Health effects associated with exposure to high levels of lead include vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, coma or even death. However, such severe cases of lead poisoning are rare in Canada.
Everyone is exposed to trace levels of lead through food, drinking water, air, household dust, and soil. Before leaded gasoline was phased out in Canada in the 1990s, lead in the air was the main source of exposure for Canadians. It is still a source of low-level lead exposure, but now adults are exposed mainly through food and drinking water.
For infants and children, the main sources are:
food and drinking water
mouthing of products containing lead
-Taken from Health Canada: click on the image for the direct link