Why do we still have issues with lead poisoning?
The Reuters news agency reported in December that nearly 3,000 areas in the United States recorded lead poisoning rates that were at least double those found in Flint, Michigan during the height of the lead poisoning crisis caused by tainted water.
Why in today’s world are we still having issues with lead poisoning? The reduction of lead emissions in gasoline was a relief. But, antiquated lead water pipes and peeling lead-based paint from older homes and buildings remain at the root of today’s lead problem.
Children are at the highest risk. Their developing bodies crave calcium and can mistakenly absorb lead into their bones instead. Children who test for lead exposure levels above the CDC’s 5 microgram standard are considered at risk. The CDC estimates, nationwide, 2.5 percent of small children have elevated levels of lead in their bloodstream. Lead can cause irreparable brain damage, harm the nervous system, and cause cognitive impairment in children. In adults, lead can raise the risk of high blood pressure and cause kidney damage.
Guides on how to properly test and repair building components covered in lead-based paint can be found at:
- EPA: Lead
- OSHA Safety & Health Topics: Lead
- Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right
- Lead in Construction
For more information, visit our Lead Services page or call Baxter Group, Inc. at 717-263- 7341.
DID YOU KNOW?
Baxter Group, Inc. can employ an XRF analyzer (a non-destructive analytical technique used to determine the elemental composition of materials) to provide lead-based paint inspections. An XRF analyzer provides fast, non-destructive analysis of painted building components and reports results immediately, so project managers can determine the next course of action.