Tackling Lead Poisoning in Public Health

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Develop your understanding of lead poisoning and public health policy

This course offers learners the chance to learn why tackling lead poisoning is important and explore how lead poisoning impacts health services and policy around the world.

Learn how to deal with lead exposure incidents

Lead is a toxic metal and its widespread use has caused extensive environmental contamination and health problems in many parts of the world.

Recent reductions in the use of lead in petrol, paint, plumbing, and solder have resulted in a substantial reduction in population-level mean blood lead concentrations.

However, significant sources of exposure still remain, particularly in developing countries.

Discover the health effects of lead poisoning

As well as learning how to identify when someone has lead poisoning and what to do if someone has lead poisoning, you’ll hear from experts at Public Health England on how to prevent and test lead poisoning and provide lead poisoning treatment.

You’ll also explore and evaluate the different public health models used around the world to prevent lead poisoning.

Learn about blood lead intervention concentration

The blood lead concentration for notification and intervention is being reduced in England.

You’ll explore some of the evidence behind why it’s being reduced and how the concentration compares to other countries.

This course is designed for professionals involved in lead incidents who’d like to develop their understanding of lead poisoning and public health policy.

This may include health protection practitioners, specialist registrars, local authority environmental health practitioners, clinicians, paediatricians and clinical toxicologists.

However, members of the public who are affected by or involved in lead incidents may also be interested in this course.