Originally Posted by downeast450
Handling lead is an unappreciated hazard. Lead dust, oxide, fumes etc. are potentially very harmful and long lived. The size of the chips produced using a chain saw might be safer than the smaller particles produced with a skill saw or even a hand saw. Preparing to catch everything is an important bit of preparation for the safety of those doing the work and any innocents who come across it later. Gloves and a respirator.
Most 24hr clinics do lead poison tests relatively cheap. If I were working with it, I'd get tested regularly.
I used to shoot revolvers with some folks on a frequent basis, a number of which would shoot lead. I did for a brief period (it's cheap), but stopped after I found out several of them had encountered health problems due to long term usage and handling of lead rounds. In a few cases, just a small bit of exposure was all that was necessary for lead poisoning to take effect.