Cinnaminson, New Jersey, October 24th, 2022
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reports that approximately 3.6 million American households have children under 6 years of age who live in homes with lead exposure hazards. Lead poisoning is entirely preventable if people recognize exposure risks and take action to prevent it.
To bring attention to this, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) is recognized each year. For 2022, it takes place from October 23rd through the 29th. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes NLPPW as a call to bring together individuals, organizations, industry, and tribal, state and local governments to reduce childhood exposure to lead by increasing lead poisoning prevention awareness.
As part of this effort, HUD, EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be posting educational information about lead poisoning. Topics include:
- How can we reduce lead poisoning together?
- Why should I be concerned about lead?
- How do I know if there is lead in my home?
- How do I know if there is lead in my drinking water?
- How do I know if my child has been exposed to lead?
- How can I make sure my child has safe crawls?
“The most common source of exposure for children in most cases continues to be lead-based paints, which were used in many homes and buildings built before 1978,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “HUD states that both adults and children can get lead into their bodies by breathing in lead dust (especially during activities such as renovations, repairs or painting) or by swallowing lead dust that settles. Young children eating paint chips is another significant concern. Children can even be exposed to lead dust from adults’ jobs or hobbies, and from some old toys painted with lead-based paints.”
EMSL supports the efforts of NLPPW all year long with environmental, material and industrial hygiene testing services for lead and other heavy metals. With laboratories located across the United States and Canada, they also provide sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE). Several years ago, EMSL sponsored an educational video about National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week that can still be seen at: https://youtu.be/YfaJoRrOpI4
To learn more about lead or other environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ), health and safety testing services, please visit www.EMSL.com
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About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products, and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP, and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.