Lead, Blood (Occupational)

Diagnostic Use

Lead is used in storage batteries, ammunition and type metal, cable sheaths, solder, previously used in anti-knock compounds in petrol and the plastics industry. It is also present in many metals such as brass (1-3.5%). Lead can also be a problem in the home, particularly from sanding old lead based paints and making diving and fishing weights, and in artists’ studios and potteries. Indoor small bore rifle shooters are also at risk from lead poisoning.
Acute lead poisoning in adults is commonly characterized by abdominal pain, tiredness, aching limbs and joints, and irritability. Nerve palsy and wrist drop have also been mentioned but are very rare. In children and animals lead poisoning is accompanied by CNS signs such as convulsions, irritability, vomiting and anaemia. High lead intake can also be asymptomatic as in a lot of occupational exposure where increased lead intake is seen only by blood lead level measurement. Chronic cases present in neurological wards with polyneuritis and renal impairment


Lipids/Trace Metals

Delphic Registration Code


Laboratory Handling


Sample timing is not critical for occupational exposure. Please state source of exposure if known.


Blood Lead
Red Cell Lead
Whole Blood Lead

Turnaround Time

5 days

Test Code