International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health report by Ronnie Levin of Harvard's School of Public Health claims that direct medical costs for 10,000 U.S. workers with high lead exposure are $141 million. Including indirect costs this number jumps to over $392 million, which works to about $40,000 in damage per worker.
According to Levin, "This is probably a very low estimate of the actual annual
costs of high lead occupational exposures in the U.S., and
should be understood as merely indicative of the potential
benefits of reducing those exposures."
Furthermore, Levin finds that workers bear the majority of the cost, ranging from 18-44% of direct cost and most of the indirect cost. The second largest portion, at 20%, is paid by taxpayers, through Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, etc.
Construction workers are often overlooked as prime targets for lead exposure, so it is important to remain vigilant and understand how to protect you and your family. It is vital that you stay up to date on your Lead Renovator Certification and have all of the proper tools including the Lead-Safe RRP Project Binder, LeadCheck Testing Kit, and Renovate Right Pamphlets.