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  • Lead Poisoning Risks in Contaminated Soil

    A recent USA Today investigation revealed contaminated soil around hundreds of old lead factory sites. At a hearing on Thursday, a US senator questioned federal environmental health officials about what is being done to reduce lead poisoning risks. Children are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning, and they can be exposed to lead from a variety of sources–although ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Lead poisoning cases on the rise in China

    Over the last couple of years there have been several high profile cases of imported children’s products from China containing dangerous levels of lead. Those cases renewed public interest in making sure consumer products met all federal safety guidelines.The problem of lead exposure from Chinese products is not just limited to the United States. In China there have been similar cases of ...


  • Does lead poisoning cause juvenile crime?

    Lead is a common element but is found in old paints (including those once used on children’s toys), soil, old piping, water, and the atmosphere from lead-containing vehicular fuels, even drinking vessels. At high dose it is lethal but also causes seemingly trivial symptoms such as headaches. However, in children lead can also lead to irreversible damage to the organs, the kidneys in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • CDC May Tighten Lead Poisoning Standards

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends that children between the ages of 1 and 5 who have blood lead levels greater than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood should seek treatment.  Recently, the CDC announced that they are considering lowering this action level to 5 micrograms.   If the new standard is adopted then it has been estimated that ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Identifying Lead Poisoning Exposure Hazards in Residential Housing

    There are still at least 4 million households in the United States that have children living in them who are being exposed to high levels of lead according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency also reports that no safe blood lead level in children has ever been identified.   In 1978 the federal government banned consumer uses of ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • HPA Launches study on lead poisoning in children

    The Health Protection Agency is carrying out a new project investigating how common lead poisoning is among children and what the causes are. Lead poisoning in children is associated with a range of effects, including reduction in IQ and disruptive behaviour. Changes in the law, such as the European requirement for all new cars to run on unleaded petrol from 1990, have removed many sources of ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Will Baltimore’s Housing Authority Pay Lead Poisoning Judgments?

    Last month, The Baltimore Sun reported that the chairman of the City Council committee has instructed Baltimore’s housing authority to start the process of paying former public housing occupants who have succumbed to lead poisoning.  Another member of the committee has also asked the housing authority to pay the bulk of the almost $12 million in judgments against it for lead ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • EPA works to prevent lead poisoning in children / national lead poisoning prevention week is October 23-29

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW), October 23-29, 2011 to raise awareness of lead poisoning in children. For children, even low levels of exposure to lead can cause a host of developmental effects such as learning disabilities, decreased intelligence and speech, language, and behavioral problems, which can affect children ...

  • Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Recognized by Nation’s Premier Lead Testing Laboratory

    EMSL Analytical offers lead testing solutions to property owners and environmental professional to help prevent lead poisoning. In April 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its Lead Renovation Repair and Painting Rule to reduce contamination associated with the removal of lead-based paint chips and dust generated when homes are remodeled. The rule requires training and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • CDC Revises Lead Poisoning Guidelines as Lead Expert Responds to Help Children

    Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised their lead poisoning guidelines.  The CDC basically cut in half the amount of lead found in children’s blood between the ages of 1 and 5 that will now trigger monitoring and other actions.   According to the CDC, the new lead guidelines will increase the patient population to over 440,000 ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is Preventable

    The indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide testing services for carbon monoxide and other harmful gases to protect workers and building occupants. In January, fire crews from Tempe, Arizona responded to a call regarding a forklift driver at a manufacturing plant who was suffering from chest pains.  Upon arriving at the factory emergency personnel ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • EPA recognizes the coalition to prevent lead poisoning for outstanding community leadership (NY)

    The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning has been selected as a winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Justice Achievement Award for its leadership in community-based efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning in the city of Rochester, New York. The Coalition has influenced major lead-related public policy changes, including a local lead ordinance requiring ...

  • Baltimore Court Awards $5.1 Million in Lead Poisoning Case

    This month, The Daily Record reported that a Baltimore City Circuit Court has awarded a woman suffering from brain damage to $5.1 million. The 20 year old is reported to have spent the first 12 years of her life in a rented property that contained flaking lead-based paints.   Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains lead.  Lead from paint, chips and ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • UN urges clean-up following acute lead poisoning in Nigeria

    The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have released a report calling on Nigerian authorities to prevent further lead poisoning in northern Nigeria. The report recommends taking greater measures to limit ore processing activities at sensitive sites, such as water sources from which humans and livestock ...

  • AWWA distributes radio PSA to mark Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

    The American Water Works Association marked Lead Poisoning Prevention Week by distributing a radio public service announcement that urges homeowners to remove sources of lead that can come into contact with water. “More than ever, homeowners and renters are receptive to hearing about how to protect their families from lead risks, about getting their water tested, about complete lead service ...

  • Protecting Workers and the Public from Lead Poisoning Exposure Risks

    This summer, the Portland Press Herald published a series of articles entitled, “Federal law to prevent lead poisoning goes largely unenforced.”  The article discusses the 2010 Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule that is meant to protect the public and workers from lead and lead dust hazards associated with activities dealing with lead-based paints.  The ...

  • EPA celebrates children’s health month and national lead poisoning prevention week

    “Children actively explore the world around them, which makes their developing physical and neurological systems especially vulnerable to the dangers of lead poisoning,” said EPA regional administrator Al Armendariz. “We must do all we can to protect them from this silent threat by raising awareness.” To increase awareness of childhood lead poisoning prevention, the EPA ...

  • California County Urges Parents to Test Children for Lead Poisoning

    LA Testing provides affordable lead testing solutions for parents, property owners and environmental professionals to ensure environments are safe for children. Garden Grove, CA, August 19th, 2010 San Bernardino County health officials recently issued an alert for parents of young children to have them tested for lead poisoning.  As recently as 2009 the county ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EPA Announces Availability of Grants to Reduce Childhood Lead Poisoning

      The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting innovative grant proposals for projects that reduce childhood lead poisoning in vulnerable populations. Activities eligible for funding include: • outreach and public education, • data gathering, • partnership development, • training, • inspections and assessments, and • demonstrations of new and innovative approaches for ...

  • Environmental Professionals Share Information about Lead Poisoning Risks at Shooting Ranges

    There are an estimated 9,000 non-military outdoor firing ranges and approximately 16,000 to 18,000 indoor ranges operating in the United States according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  The U.S. military alone operates more than 3,000 indoor firing ranges. Millions of law enforcement officers, soldiers and gun enthusiasts regularly visit ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

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