Storage and Handling

Lead should be handled in the laboratory using the ''basic prudent practices" described in Chapter 5.C. In particular, work with lead dust, molten lead, and lead salts capable of forming dusts should be conducted in a fume hood to prevent exposure by inhalation.


In the event of skin contact, immediately wash with soap and water and remove contaminated clothing. In case of eye contact, promptly wash with copious amounts of water for 15 min (lifting upper and lower lids occasionally) and obtain medical attention. If lead or lead compounds are ingested, obtain medical attention immediately. If large amounts of such substances are inhaled, move the person to fresh air and seek medical attention at once.

In the event of a spill, sweep up dry lead and its compounds, soak up solutions with a spill pillow or absorbent material, place in an appropriate container, and dispose of properly. Respiratory protection may be necessary in the event of a large spill or release causing significant airborne particulate levels.


Excess lead and waste material containing this substance should be placed in an appropriate container, clearly labeled, and handled according to your institution's waste disposal guidelines. For more information on disposal procedures, see Chapter 7 of this volume.

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