Lead Facts

  • Battery powered vehicles such as fork lift trucks are non-polluting, quiet and low on  maintenance costs
  • A lead acid battery is a vital component in each of the 60 million petrol and diesel vehicles produced worldwide each year
  • Hospitals, the emergency services, telephone exchanges and public buildings rely on lead-acid batteries as back-up in case of mains power failure
  • 80% of modern lead usage is in the production of batteries of which more than 95% are recycled
  • A lead roof will outlast any other traditional building material, sometimes by hundreds of years
  • As a barrier to radiation, lead is unrivalled and essential in hospitals, dentists’ surgeries, laboratories and nuclear installations
  • Since 2000 the lead industry has sponsored over US$3 million of independent research into the health and environmental impacts of lead


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