Lead is a pollutant regulated by several EPA laws due to the many adverse effects that can be caused to the health of those who come in contact with it. Lean was found in many things we used on a daily basis; from paint, gas, dust, water, and in some of the toys from unregulated nations. Homes built prior to the 1978 ban have the potential to contain paint that contains lean. This paint can chip or peel allowing children to ingest it.
When removing paint identified to contain lead there are procedures in place by trained professionals to ensure the lead dust doesn’t rest and stay in the home. The cleaners also wear personal protection equipment(PPE) to protect themselves such as a full face mask with a respirator and a full-body suit designed for lead removal and gloves.
These professionals are certified by the EPA under the Renovation, Repair, Painting program (RRP Program) to do work in homes, child care facilities, and preschools built before 1978.
Effects of Lead poisoning in children
– Damage to the brain and nervous system
– Slowed growth and development
– Learning and behavior problems
– Hearing and speech problems
Effects of lead poisoning in adults
– High blood pressure
– Joint and muscle pain
– Memory loss and issues with concentration
– Mood disorder
– Reduced sperm count/ abnormal sperm
– Miscarriages, Stillbirth
– Premature birth which can cause lower birth weight or slowed growth
Take these steps to lower your chances of exposure to Lead
-Inspect and maintain all painted surfaces
-repair water damage as soon as possible
-Keep the home clean and dust-free
-Clean around the painted doorways and windows frequently with a damp sponge or rag.