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Lead paint has garnered lots of media attention in recent years, and there are valid reasons for the concern. Not only can lead poison children, but it can also poison adults — namely, your crew and your clients. Common symptoms of lead poisoning include loss of appetite, stomach cramps, nausea, constipation, decreased sex drive, difficulty sleeping, moodiness, headache, joint and muscle aches, even anemia. Sound like the end of a rough day at work? If it's due to exposure to lead, a good night's sleep won't cure it. How Big a Hazard? Lead used to be added to paint to make the pigments brighter and more durable. By 1978, dangerous lead levels were banned