Heavy Metals Poisoning


Heavy metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium, and compounds containing these metals, are toxic to people's health. They may build up in a person's body and become a significant health hazard.

New Jersey law requires that clinical laboratories, doctors, physician assistants, and advanced practice nurses to report adult blood and urine tests with elevated levels of lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium to the New Jersey Department of Health. This information is used to develop intervention strategies to help prevent overexposures to heavy metals in New Jersey workers. Blood lead tests for children are reported to the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.

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  • Summary of OSHA Cadmium Standard [pdf 2.6mb]
    Information for employers on the requirements by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for control of exposure to cadmium at the workplace.
  • What Physicians Need to Know about Occupational Cadmium Exposure [pdf 937k]
    Information for physicians about sources of exposure to cadmium and federal requirements for medical monitoring of workers exposed to cadmium.
  • Your Cadmium Exposure [pdf 869k]
    Gives information and advice to assist individuals in finding out how they may have been exposed to cadmium and how to protect themselves from further exposure.
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Last Reviewed: 1/31/2020