LibrariesLists TopicsResourcesPublications Home News & Alerts Occupational Health Surveillance Data & Reports Resources For Health Care Professionals Resources For Workers Resources for Employers Contact Us Worker Health and Safety Lead Levels in Adults Lead is a toxic metal used in many industries and hobbies in the United States. Exposures to lead can result in elevated blood lead levels, which can cause serious health problems. Adult lead exposures are commonly due to exposures at work. Workers can inhale lead dust or fumes, or swallow dust while eating, drinking, or smoking. Adult Lead Level Surveillance The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services tracks adult blood lead levels and conducts follow-up for individuals with elevated lead levels. Adult Blood Lead Levels in Nebraska, 2008-2012 Nebraska Occupational Health Indicators (See #13) Elevated Blood Lead Levels Among Employed Adults - United States, 1994-2012CDC MMWR Weekly, October 23, 2015 / 62(54);52-75 Exposure Prevention To learn about what lead poisoning is, its health effects, and how to prevent it, see Adult Lead Poisoning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. Educational Materials Preventing Lead Poisoning in Adults Brochure (English) Preventing Lead Poisoning in Adults Brochure (Spanish) Lead Dust Clean-Up and Control Brochure (English) Lead Dust Clean-up and Control Brochure (Spanish)Lead Level Reporting Requirements In Nebraska, all blood lead tests are required to be reported to DHHS. For more information, see Rules & Regulations. Epidemiology Home Documents in PDF format require the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader which can be downloaded for free from Adobe Systems, Inc.