Lead Safety

​Lead in the form of airborne powders are known to have long lasting health implications when exposure surpasses certain limits. Recent studies have drawn a link between blood lead levels and diseases leading to mortality in humans. Several institutes of health and safety have revised its admissible blood lead levels to levels well below to what has been established in previous decades to reflect the results of these recent studies. Because it is not clear what the health implications are of lead that is processed in the context of perovskite research and no organization has published specific directives, KSC has established a set of instructions within its standard operation procedures for lead safety in our labs. Moreover, new KSC lab users are instructed to take an online training and successfully pass a quiz before given access to the labs. We believe that this material provides best practices for handling lead based materials and that it can be adopted by any lab working on perovskite-based research. The material is made available here together with relevant literature.



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