The Delicacy of Invisible Dust and Infants

The Johnson family just moved into their new home. Their younger children run in and out of the back door to play in the yard. Their older children go in and out of the front door to visit with friends. Their infant spends time playing on the floor with toys while the parents go about […]

What’s the first step in Evaluating & Eliminating Lead-Based Paint Hazards?

What’s the first step in Evaluating & Eliminating Lead-Based Paint Hazards? Lead inspections and lead risk assessments are useful first steps, which can lead to more thoughtful decisions on managing lead-based paint and lead hazards. Lead abatement is an activity designed to permanently eliminate lead-based paint hazards. Abatement is sometimes ordered by a state or […]

For Contractors, Renovators, & Home Improvement Professionals –

For Contractors, Renovators, & Home Improvement Professionals – What is the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program? EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) Rule requires that firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 be certified by EPA (or an EPA-authorized […]

Housing Lessors and Sellers: Know Your Responsibilities Before You Sell or Lease

Know the facts about Lead and your responsibility to Buyers and Lessors! Property Managers and Landlords (per EPA) As owners, landlords, agents and managers of rental property, you play an important role in protecting the health of your tenants and their children. Buildings built before 1978 are much more likely to have lead-based paint. Federal law […]

WHAT IS LEAD & WHY IS IT DANGEROUS?

What is lead & Why is it dangerous? Lead is a soft, malleable metal.  It is also counted as a heavy metal and a poor metal (which means it is softer, weaker, and has a lower boiling point than other metals).  It is poisonous to both humans and animals. Lead can damage the nervous system […]

EPA’s Lead Poisoning Home Checklist

Lead Poisoning Home Checklist (by the EPA) The following questions will help you determine if your family is at risk for lead poisoning. Was your home built before 1978? Do you see walls, furniture, or window sills in your home with chipping or peeling paint? Do you children play in lead-contaminated soil near your home? […]

DO WE NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT LEAD-BASED PAINT IN OUR HOME/BUILDING?

Do we need to be concerned about lead-based paint in our home? If your home was built before 1978, it is more likely to have lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-based paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Visit the EPA website to learn more:  epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-sources-lead#main-content. To learn […]

TIPS TO REDUCE LEAD EXPOSURE IN OLD HOMES & BUILDINGS

TIPS TO REDUCE LEAD EXPOSURE IN OLDER HOMES & BUILDINGS Inspect and keep all painted surfaces in excellent shape and clean up dust frequently with a wet cloth or paper towel Consult a certified lead professional before beginning renovation, repair or painting projects. Renovation, repair or painting activities can create toxic lead dust when painted […]

Childhood Lead Poisoning Decreases in Maryland

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