Chatsworth, CA, October 8th, 2018 -- Later this month, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) is recognized across the United States. The event takes place from October 21st through the 27th in what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes as a weeklong campaign to bring together individuals, organizations, industry, and state and local governments to help increase lead awareness by using their efforts and collaborations to reduce childhood exposure to lead.
This continues to be an important area of focus as 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 it recommends public health actions be initiated.
Lead can still be found in several places both inside and outside of numerous homes according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These sources include water that travels through lead pipes or in the soil around a house. However, the agency states it is mostly found in lead-based paint, which was used in homes before 1978. Accidently swallowing or breathing in the lead dust created by this old, cracked and chipped paint is a leading cause of lead poisoning for many children.
“The CDC has stated that childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children,” said Franco Seif, President of Clark Seif Clark (CSC). “Many workers in industries, such as construction, are also at risk for lead exposure. Whether discussing exposure concerns for adults or children, prevention is the key and at CSC our industrial hygiene, environmental and building science professionals provide lead consulting and testing services to identify existing lead hazards. With this information, corrective actions can be implemented to eliminate or mitigate exposure risks and prevent new cases of lead poisoning.”
CSC also recently sponsored an educational video about National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/OuiSO1c8k6U
To learn more about lead or other industrial hygiene, building science, indoor air quality, environmental, health, and safety testing and consulting services, please visit www.csceng.com, email email@example.com or call (800) 807-1118.
About Clark Seif Clark
CSC was established in 1989 to help clients in both public and private sectors address indoor air quality, occupational, environmental, and health and safety (EH&S) issues. CSC is a leading provider of these services with multiple offices along the western seaboard and southwest. The company believes in science-based protocols and has a strong background in engineering, making them the preferred environmental consultants to industrial clients, healthcare facilities, architects, schools, builders, contractors, developers and real estate professionals.