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Lead Safety. How to Prevent or Reduce the Spread of Lead. Why is Lead Dangerous?. Lead poisoning can cause behavior, hearing, and learning problems. In adults, can cause high blood pressure, digestive, reproductive problems. It takes only a tiny amount to cause lead poisoning.

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lead safety

Lead Safety

How to Prevent or Reduce the Spread of Lead

why is lead dangerous
Why is Lead Dangerous?
  • Lead poisoning can cause behavior, hearing, and learning problems
  • In adults, can cause high blood pressure, digestive, reproductive problems
  • It takes only a tiny amount to cause lead poisoning.
who is in danger
Who is in Danger?


Pregnant Women

Lead exposure can harm unborn children.

Can cause increased chance of illness during pregnancy.

  • Have children age 1-6 tested for lead poisoning.
  • Children’s bodies and brains are still developing.
  • Young children put everything in their mouth.
  • Children who seem healthy may still have increased lead levels.
where is lead
Where is Lead?
  • Houses built before 1978
  • Paint chips from peeling paint probably contain lead
  • Lead is most easily spread as LEAD DUST
lead pipes
Lead Pipes
  • Lead pipes are dull grey and scratch easily with a key.
    • If you have lead pipes, allow the water to run for a few minutes before drinking or using for cooking or baby formula.
lead dust
Lead Dust
  • Dust can be created by painted surfaces rubbing together.
  • Renovation projects easily create A LOT of dust.
lead tests
Lead Tests
  • Inexpensive kits enable you to test for lead.
  • Can be found at any hardware store.
  • Assume the presence of lead if the home was built before 1978.
when should i take lead safety precautions
When Should I Take Lead Safety Precautions?
  • Disturbing an area:
    • More than 2 square feet indoors
    • More than 20 square feet outdoors
if lead must be disturbed
If Lead must be disturbed…
  • Protect yourself and others:
    • Protective wear
    • Disposable shoe covers, dust masks, protective eyewear
    • Wash hands and face after leaving work area
    • Change clothes before going home
    • Wash clothes separately
  • Prepare the work area:
    • Cover all surfaces
    • Warn others not to enter
    • Keep pregnant women, children and pets out
avoid or limit dust created
Avoid or Limit Dust Created
  • Wet scraping
  • Shrouding
avoid these activities
Avoid These Activities
  • DON’T use heat guns
  • DON’T have open flame burning
  • DON’T use uncontained dry scraping or sanding
  • DON’T use paint strippers containing Methylene Chloride
take care cleaning up
Take care cleaning up!
  • Dispose of all materials safely
    • EPA or local disposal
  • Throw away contaminated materials
  • Contain all debris on plastic covers and throw these away
  • Use HEPA vacuums
hepa vacuums
HEPA Vacuums
  • High Efficiency Particulate Air
  • Costs approximately $575
lead safety equipment
Lead Safety Equipment
  • HEPA Vacuum ($575)
  • Wet Sanding Blocks
  • Spray Bottles
  • Heavy Duty Plastic
  • Duct Tape
  • Dust Masks (N-100)
  • Heavy Duty Plastic Bags
implementation plan
Implementation Plan

Create an implementation plan to ensure lead safe work practices.

  • Identify potentially lead-hazardous projects. Keep pregnant women and children away!
  • Control access to work area.
  • Notify homeowners of the presence of lead.
  • Contain dust by working wet.
more resources on lead safety
More Resources on Lead Safety
  • For blood tests, call your family doctor or public health clinic.
  • For testing of paint samples and drinking water, call your local or state health department.
  • For a packet of materials or questions about lead, call the National Lead Information Center, (800)424-LEAD.
  • For information on lead in drinking water, call the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline, (800)426-4791 – www.epa.gov/safewater
  • Contact HUD about tenants’ rights and other housing issues, (800)HUDS-FHA— www.hud.gov/lead
  • For more information on Lead In and Around the Home, see Home*A*Syst. (608)262-0024 – www.uwex.edu/homeasyst
  • The Lead Safety page on Rebuilding Together Dayton’s website: www.rtdayton.org