Yes Galena falls in with all of the Lead warnings. I have one nice piece I like to display but keep it in a diecast car display case. i don't worry too much about handling it myself. I do wash my hand thoroughly afterwards but I have a lifetime of handling lead sinkers, pipe, tire weights, etc. I am more careful about allowing young children handle it. I just keep it out of reach and have plenty of nicer stones down lower. I honestly do not spend a lot of time admiring my 15# chunk of galena anyway. Lots of rocks have warnings. The FDA could have a field day with our rocks requiring labels of some kind on most all of them. Many are forms of asbestos, rough malachite I've been told is toxic probably copper is too, and that little clear box in the back of my display cabinet contains a good looking mineral coated with Good ol' Colorado Arsnic (I check that one for scrapings everytime my wife gets mad at me). So don't breath the dust, wash often, and be careful what the kids handle. It is an education worth seeking out while you learn more about rocks and alot is just common sense but I agree, a long life of safe fun is better than careless passing through.
From Chuck - January 25, 2008 at 07:58:01