Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Lead poisoning is still a problem across New York State, including Wayne County. Many homes in Wayne County were constructed and painted prior to 1978 when lead based paints were removed from the market.
Lead poisoning is preventable. Ingestion of lead contaminated dust, paint, and soil are the primary cases of childhood lead poisoning. Lead can also be found in lead glazed or painted pottery, ammunition, fishing sinkers, stained glass solder, batteries, and imported foods, supplements and candy, clothing, toys and jewelry.
New York State requires doctors to do lead testing on all children at ages 1 and 2. Only a blood test can tell how much lead is in a child’s body. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determines acceptable blood lead levels in children (http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/acclpp/lead_levels_in_children_fact_sheet.pdf).
Lead poisoning has no initial symptoms but can lead to loss of developmental skills, slowed body growth, low iron, reduced IQ, hearing loss, behavior and attention problems. Children living in homes being remodeled that have been built before 1978 are at increased risk of being exposed to lead.
Parents can protect their child from becoming lead poisoned by:
- Wash your child’s hands often before meals, nap time, after playing outside and at bedtime.
- Provide their children with a lead-healthy diet in English (https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-02/documents/fight_lead_with_a_healthy_diet.pdf) and in Spanish (https://epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/nutritionsp.pdf)
- Wet dust and wet mop your home to keep dust tainted with lead from being spread throughout your home.
- Take appropriate precautions when starting remodeling projects More information can be found in Renovate Right Booklet: in English at (http://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/rr_english_color_book.pdf) in Spanish: at (http://www.epa.gov/lead/guia-de-practicas-seguras-para-trabajar-con-el-plomo-para-remodelar-correctaments-2)
Children between the ages of 9 months and 6 years of age are at greatest risk of exposure of lead because they are apt to put fingers, hands, and toys in their mouths. Children are eye level with window sills where lead paint could be lurking. They are at risk for poisoning if they chew on these areas or inhale lead-tainted dust created by opening & closing windows.
Talk to your doctor about having your child tested for lead poisoning. If you do not have insurance you can call Wayne County Public Health at 315-946-5749 to have your child tested.
Check Out These Great Resources!
- Are You Pregnant? Learn how to Protect Yourself and Your Baby from Lead Poisoning in English (https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2593.pdf) and in Spanish (https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2598.pdf)
- Lead Poisoning is a Danger to for every baby and child Here’s what you should know in English. (https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2594.pdf) in Spanish (https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2600.pdf)
Finger Lakes Occupational Health Services
If you are exposed to lead on the job and concerned about your health contact Finger Lakes Occupational Health Services at 1-585-244-4771 or visit their website (http://urmc.rochester.edu/finger-lakes-occupational-health.aspx)
The Western New York Lead Poisoning Resource Center
It is located in Rochester and serves 9 counties. They provide support to medical providers, local health departments and provide lead poisoning prevention information to the public. Contact the Western New York Lead Poisoning Resource Center at 1-877-352-5775 or visit their website at (https://urmc.rochester.edu/childrens-hospital/lead-poisoning-resource-center.aspx)
Renters are entitled to safe and healthy housing. Landlords are required to give renters information on Tenant’s Rights. Landlords must give tenants information before doing renovations on rental property.
More information for tenants is available by visiting the links below:
- Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home (http://www.epa.gov/lead)
- New York State Tenants Rights Guide (https://ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/pdfs/publications/Tenants_Rights.pdf)
- Lead Paint Safety (http://www.epa.gov/lead)
The HUD/EPA disclosures rule requires you to give out the pamphlet: Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home (https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-02/documents/lead_in_your_home_brochure_land_b_w_508_easy_print_0.pdf)
to people before they rent or buy pre-1978 housing. Owners of rental housing must disclose information about lead paint hazards to potential renters before a lease is signed. Sellers must disclose information about any known lead-based paint or lead based hazards before they sell.
As of April 22, 2010 landlords paying someone to work on their rental property are responsible for following the new Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule: (http://www.eap.gov/lead/renovation-repair-and-painting-ptogram) Homeowners working on their own property are strongly recommended to follow the EPA guidelines.
Lead dust generated by renovation work can cause lead poisoning in children, pregnant women, yourself other workers even pets. Changes in work practices can minimize and contain lead dust. Using safe work practices makes the job safer and reduces your liability.
After April 22, 2010, firms working in pre-1978 homes and child occupied facilities must be certified and use lead safe work practices during renovations.