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  • 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 ...


  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • New York Residents Advised of the Common Signs and Symptoms of Lead Poisoning in Children

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that at least 4 million households have children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead. The CDC also states that there are approximately half a million U.S. children ages 1-5 with blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the reference level at which the CDC recommends public health actions ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Signs & Symptoms of Lead Poisoning in Children and Ways to Prevent Exposure Risks

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that at least 4 million households have children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead. The CDC also reports that there are approximately half a million U.S. children ages 1-5 with blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the reference level at which the CDC recommends public health ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Study: Drinking Green Tea May Protect Against Lead Poisoning

    A new study published last month in Neurotoxicology indicates that drinking green tea along with a meal high in lead may protect against lead poisoning. Researchers found that when green tea was consumed along with a chemical known as lead acetate, the chemical caused less damage to the brain and nervous system than when the lead acetate was administered alone.   For the study, five ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • U.S. National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Goes Global

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are partnering with the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, to announce the Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action. This is the first time National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week will be recognized internationally. More than 35 ...

  • Lead Poisoning Rates Going Down, But Still a Major Concern

    Last month, it was reported in an article by the United Press International (UPI), that the New York City Health Department recorded 1,429 lead poisoning cases in 2010 among children 6 years of age and younger.  The 2010 figure was only slightly lower than numbers recorded in 2009, but those figures showed a remarkable 47% decrease from 2005.   These promising figures showing a decrease ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • 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.

  • Certified Industrial Hygienists Can Help Prevent Cases of Lead Poisoning

    Last month, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) announced that they had issued recommendations to prevent lead poisoning among children in developing nations.  The recommendations, based on a case study of several developing parts of the world, has been released in the form of a reference document.  It was developed by the AIHA International Affairs Committee in ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

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