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What do I need to protect myself from lead

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Lead produces fumes, not vapors. Therefore, an N95 should be sufficient. It can also be absorbed so gloves should also be worn. I use tools when melting lead so I don’t touch it until it’s cool. I believe you would need to be in contact with lead for quite a while before it becomes a health issues such as someone that works with it daily. When an employee is overexposed that have to be removed for a certain amount of time to recover.  Some amount can be removed by your body, but depending on the amount is can also be stored, so it’s best to err on the side of caution. 

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I worry a little less about lead while pouring, (I do do the basic well ventilated and a fan), then if I have to file or saw the lead vapors go away lead dust will stay on your work bench and other places so you can pick it up months later.  if I am stuck filing i do it right over the lead pot or at least over a paper to capture the bits.

For the most part I avoid the issue by using pre-made shapes lead shot either bird shot or buckshot 

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1 hour ago, aulrich said:

I worry a little less about lead while pouring, (I do do the basic well ventilated and a fan), then if I have to file or saw the lead vapors go away lead dust will stay on your work bench and other places so you can pick it up months later.  if I am stuck filing i do it right over the lead pot or at least over a paper to capture the bits.

For the most part I avoid the issue by using pre-made shapes lead shot either bird shot or buckshot 

 

You will get lead poisoning by not washing you hands. don't eat drink or smoke while working with lead. wash your hands before you put anything in your mouth.

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