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A heavy metal. Lead compounds have been used extensively in the past as coating pigments for
color, hiding, or corrosion inhibition. Lead is hazardous to health if breathed or swallowed. It is
especially hazardous to children, causing mental retardation as well as many other effects. It is
also hazardous to workers exposed to lead-containing dust. Residential use of lead-containing
paint pigments has been eliminated in the United States, and industrial use has been greatly

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