Lead is a naturally occurring yet highly toxic heavy metal that is soft, malleable and denser than most other materials. Lead is present almost everywhere. It is in the soil, in the water, in our food and in our products. Some of the more common places to find lead are house and wood paints and other construction coatings, as well as plumbing and solder for welding. While the use of lead in paint is illegal, it can still be found in older buildings and on ceramic dishes bearing lead-based colours and glazes.