Metal leachings are becoming a growing concern after a US chemical company reported its metal processing process led to metal contamination in children.
Metal leaches are chemicals that can leach out of metal equipment when chemicals are added to the mix, including lead.
Lead, which is the chemical responsible for a range of metal-related illnesses, has been linked to metal leachies in children as well.
Lead leaches can be deadly, but the process is typically used to remove toxic chemicals, such as heavy metals, and to reduce corrosion.
The process, however, can also lead to metal pollution.
Lead can leech into the water in which the metals are processed.
As a result, children who are exposed to lead may have problems breathing, swallowing or having developmental problems.
The US Environmental Protection Agency is working on a regulation that would require companies that process metals to provide a warning label on equipment.
The company, Metal Layers, said it was working with the EPA to develop a warning on metal processing equipment that would be included in the next version of the Clean Power Plan.
The agency is also looking into whether to require companies to make the label available to employees and the public.
“The problem is, it’s a process where they’re just adding chemicals to a process, and then they’re not doing the research, they’re doing the manufacturing, and they’re making a product that has a very low risk of having lead in it,” says Dr. Kevin O’Leary, a professor of environmental medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
“And the only way to do that is to have this label that’s attached.”
In a statement to ABC News, Metal Leachies said the process used in the process to remove lead was “industry standard.”
The company also said it has a zero-toxicity program that uses a special formulation of lead and zinc in the metal processing and does not use metals that are toxic to human health.
Lead is not a toxic chemical, and lead-based paints are used to paint the inside of buildings and other facilities.
But lead is found in lead paint and is the second most prevalent metal in the US, after copper.
Lead-based paint can also leach into the soil when it is used as a coat or on surfaces.
In its statement to the ABC News team, Metal leachers said it is working with state and federal regulators to create a warning, but that they do not expect the product to be widely available in the United States.
“Our goal is to do this right, but at the same time, the goal is not to be disruptive, but to get people to change their ways,” the company said.
“We think that if we just make it a little more complicated and put it out there, people will see it and hopefully change.”
The agency said it’s considering the company’s plan, and that it is “working with the US government on how best to implement this plan in the future.”
The metal leacher website Metal Leak.org has a list of safety measures it recommends when handling metal, including using gloves and wearing protective gear when handling equipment.
Metal Leaker said it will be conducting more research and developing its own guidance on what products should be labeled with warnings.
“Metal leachie’s are one of those things where the industry needs to be looking at a lot of different things, and this is one of them,” says O’Donnell.