The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has pledged to continue its support for tradespersons who have completed plumbing training courses and find themselves regularly working with lead.

A statement released by the HSE on Friday (November 6th) made clear that it will continually assess evidence of malpractice and illnesses caused by exposure to the substance and provide advice to workers and employers.

Despite stating that there currently appeared to be no large problems with industry chiefs failing to supply protection to their employees, the body explained that its Lead and You leaflet will soon be republished and made available to download for free on its website.

Plumbers may be at risk if they work with lead piping and a combination of skills learned in training courses and HSE advice could be useful in avoiding illness.

According to the HSE, high levels of lead in the blood could cause nausea, anaemia headaches and even kidney and brain damage.