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Old 01-27-2013, 04:49 AM   #33
TimothyO
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Originally Posted by maxpotapov View Post
Today it's over-hyped, tomorrow it's a law. Welcome to lead-free states!
Do I have to study actual toxicity if I can live happily without any lead around?
My grandma worked with lead for 50 years at the factory (soldering station) and she is still doing fine at 90 y.o. So what, should I give my kids lead toys to play?
Kids metabolize lead at a far different rate than adults. Form also matters. Dust from sanded lead paint is dangerous and easily ingested or inhaled while solid lead isn't as much of a threat. That which is relatively harmless to an adult can be very dangerous to a child.

Some time ago New York tried to ban the sale of lead figures for a hobby known as miniature wargaming. These are miniature figures of soldiers used in tabletop games. There was a lawsuit and trial and the state lost when the industry showed that people working with the figures on a daily basis show no elevated levels of lead in their blood (at least no higher than the general population since we all have lead in our bodies from various sources). In the end the victory didn't matter since the industry feared lawsuits and switched to pewter and resin casts over time.

In any case, the science in that trial showed that even handling solid and molten lead didn't elevate lead levels in the blood. I really don't think that lead tape poses a series health risk unless you're sanding it or licking it. Put it on your frame, wash your hands afterwards, and don't lick it!
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