What is Lead
Lead is a naturally occurring element found in the earth’s crust. Although it does have some beneficial properties it is a toxic material.
Lead is found in many parts of our environment – the air, the soil, the water, and even inside our homes. Lead paint although not manufactured in the UK now it is still present in older buildings. Lead compounds and other materials containing lead are used in many products including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials. Cars used to also run on leaded fuel before unleaded was introduced.
Some useful facts about lead taken from LiveScience.com are:
- Atomic number (number of protons in the nucleus): 82
- Atomic symbol (on the periodic table of the elements): Pb
- Melting point: 621.4 degrees Fahrenheit (327.46 degrees Celsius)
- Boiling point: 3,180.2 degrees Fahrenheit (1,749 degrees Celsius)
For more information on Lead and its dangers please follow THIS LINK to The HSE website. Their website is full of lots of information regarding the material and how to handle it properly.
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