Pacific people were most affected by lead exposure from their occupation in 2014–19

Here are some of the key facts from our latest factsheet on Occupational lead absorption notifications. 

  • The occupational lead absorption notification rate has decreased from 3.0 per 100,000 (122 notifications) in 2019 to 1.4 per 100,000 (59 notifications) in 2020. The lower rate in 2020 may have been impacted by COVID-19 nationwide lockdown.
  • Pacific workers had the highest occupational lead absorption notification rate in 2014–20.
  • Painters have remained the most notified group with lead absorption since 2014.

Visit our Occupational lead absorption notifications page for more information.