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Health Effects Of Lead

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Childhood lead poisoning remains a major environmental health problem in the United States.

  • People can get lead in their body if they:
    • Put their hands or other objects covered with lead dust in their mouths.
    • Eat paint chips or soil that contains lead.
    • Breathe in lead dust, especially during renovations that disturb painted surfaces.
  • Lead is more dangerous to children because:
    • Babies and young children often put their hands and other objects in their mouths. These objects can have lead dust on them.
    • Children’s growing bodies absorb more lead.
    • Children’s brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead.
  • If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:
    • Damage to the brain and nervous system
    • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
    • Slowed growth
    • Hearing problems
    • Headaches
  • Lead is also harmful to adults. Adults can suffer from:
    • Reproductive problems (in both men and women)
    • High blood pressure and hypertension
    • Nerve disorders
    • Memory and concentration problems
    • Muscle and joint pain

If You’re Not Lead-Safe Certified, Lead Paint Could Cost You Big Time.

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Think lead paint doesn’t affect your business? Think again. A new rule by the <a href=”http://epa.gov”>Environmental Protection Agency</a> (EPA) mandates that all renovation and repair contractors working in pre-1978 homes, schools, and day care centers who disrupt more than six square feet of lead paint are required to become EPA Certified in lead-safe work practices. Contractors are required to take a one-day training course and firms must send a short application to the the EPA. If not, they could face tens of thousands of dollars in fines in the future. New research shows that contractors like plumbers, electricians, painters and window replacement experts can inadvertently expose children to harmful levels of lead from invisible dust disturbed during jobs they perform every day. Firms must register with EPA and pay a fee. Individuals must take a one-day training course from an <a href=”http://wagnerconsultantgroup.com”>EPA-accredited training provider</a> to become a certified renovator. EPA certification is good for five years. Mindful of the small added costs that may result from complying with this important rule, the EPA is launching a consumer campaign designed to raise awareness of the dangers of lead paint poisoning, and encourage consumers to choose only contractors who are Lead- Safe Certified. For additional information including how your firm can get Lead-Safe Certified, visit <a href=”http://www.wagnerconsultantgroup.com/lead-safe-training-dates”>epa.gov/getleadsafe</a> or call 682-323-9289 today.

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