The National Lead and Healthy Housing Conference

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Ron Peik, as the President of LEHA (Lead and Environmental Hazards Association), delivers the welcoming remarks at the National Lead and Healthy Housing conference in Orlando, FL. The conference was sponsored in part by LEHA.

The National Lead and Healthy Housing Conference, sponsored in part by the Lead and Environmental Hazards Association (“LEHA”), was held in Orlando Florida from April 20 – 23, 2015.  The conference was held in conjunction with the HUD Grant Managers Training Program, so turnout was quite large with over 450 attendees. Ron Peik, President of LEHA, delivered the welcoming remarks at the start of the conference, and also presented at the panel discussion of the EPA’s RRP Rule.

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Occupational Knowledge International's Efforts to Stop Lead Paint Manufacturing and Sales in Asia and Africa

June 3, 2013

Dear Friends

 

It is hard to believe but lead paint is still being used around the world in homes, schools, and even for consumer products.  In fact, it is commonly available in every paint store in Asia and Africa where the industry is experiencing its most rapid growth.

 

As someone who has seen the public health impact of lead paint in the U.S., this is sobering news. But that is why I am reaching out to ask for your help.


In addition to my role in LEHA, I am also on the Board of Directors of Occupational Knowledge International (OK International), an organization that has been at the forefront of exposing the extent of this problem around the world.  They helped initiate the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead in Paint run by UNEP and the World Health Organization and sit on its executive steering committee.

 

OK International has proven that a small organization can be successful at bringing significant attention to important global public health issues that have been largely ignored.  For example, see the attached editorial that they recently published in New Scientist Magazinehttp://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21829190.200-the-wests-toxic-hypocrisy-over-lead-paint.html?full=true#.UcmxMvnVBZs 

 

Currently the organization is working in eight countries in Asia and Africa on programs to raise awareness, test paints, develop national regulations, and to encourage both small and large paint companies to reformulate.


But despite our success, we need to double our efforts to limit the production of lead paint in dozens of countries with rapidly expanding paint industries.  And we need to stop this public health menace before another generation of children is poisoned!


That is why I am contacting you to seek your support for our programs that are making a difference on the ground in protecting children from the well-known hazards of lead paint. We need your financial support to help us to continue to make an impact and help our project partners around the world.


Please send OK International a donation or go to the link on our web site at (
www.okinternational.org) to make a tax-deductible contribution.

 

Regards

 

David Jacobs

 

P.S. – Your donation will help us improve the lives of children around the world!

 

P.P.S. – As a laboratory, you can also help by donating the analysis of paint samples to OK International to help our partner organizations conducted testing in their home countries.  If you can help by donating these services, please contact me or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

EPA Lead Dust Testing Requirements

By: David Jacobs, Director of Research, National Center For Healthy Housing

EPA is currently conducting two activities on dust lead testing. First, the Agency is expected to issue a final regulation that is likely to require clearance dust testing for certain high dust generating activities during housing renovation repair and painting activities. This may make the EPA requirements more similar to the HUD requirements, which have been in place for federally assisted housing since 2001. However, the details will not be known until the final rule is actually issued. The existing EPA requirements for RRP rely on a "cleaning verification" method, which many have suggested is without scientific foundation and which may not adequately protect children, because the actual level of lead dust remaining following cleaning is not measured. The new EPA rule may change that.

Second, the Agency is also conducting a scientific evaluation of the relationship between dust lead and blood lead levels to determine if the existing dust lead standard should be modified. The existing standard was promulgated in 2001. The review is being carried out by the EPA Science Advisory Board, with a report from that group expected sometime this summer. The report will examine both housing and public and commercial buildings.

 

Letter From Occupational Knowledge International:

June 3, 2013

Dear Friends

It is hard to believe but lead paint is still being used around the world in homes, schools, and even for consumer products.  In fact, it is commonly available in every paint store in Asia and Africa where the industry is experiencing its most rapid growth.

As someone who has seen the public health impact of lead paint in the U.S., this is sobering news. But that is why I am reaching out to ask for your help.


In addition to my role in LEHA, I am also on the Board of Directors of Occupational Knowledge International (OK International), an organization that has been at the forefront of exposing the extent of this problem around the world.  They helped initiate the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead in Paint run by UNEP and the World Health Organization and sit on its executive steering committee.

OK International has proven that a small organization can be successful at bringing significant attention to important global public health issues that have been largely ignored.  For example, see the attached editorial that they recently published in New Scientist Magazine.

Currently the organization is working in eight countries in Asia and Africa on programs to raise awareness, test paints, develop national regulations, and to encourage both small and large paint companies to reformulate.


But despite our success, we need to double our efforts to limit the production of lead paint in dozens of countries with rapidly expanding paint industries.  And we need to stop this public health menace before another generation of children is poisoned!


That is why I am contacting you to seek your support for our programs that are making a difference on the ground in protecting children from the well-known hazards of lead paint. We need your financial support to help us to continue to make an impact and help our project partners around the world.


Please send OK International a donation or go to the link on our web site at (
www.okinternational.org) to make a tax-deductible contribution.

Regards

David Jacobs

P.S. – Your donation will help us improve the lives of children around the world!

FOR LABORATORIES USE THIS:

P.S. – As a laboratory, you can also help by donating the analysis of paint samples to OK International to help our partner organizations conducted testing in their home countries.  If you can help by donating these services, please contact me or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

About Lead Poisoning

Lead is a natural element and does not break down in the environment.  Once lead has been dispersed and re-deposited in the environment, it will remain to poison generations of children unless it is controlled or removed.  Lead is a serious danger, especially to children ages 6 and younger.  Children are most commonly poisoned by lead when they ingest lead-contaminated dust from lead-based paint.   

Once in the body, lead is a powerful toxin.  It can cause hyperactivity, developmental delays, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, anemia and hearing problems; these effects are long-term and often irreversible.  Children with high levels of lead in their bodies require hospitalization and medical treatment.  Very high lead exposures can cause mental retardation, convulsions, coma and death.  Children 6 years old and younger are particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of lead because their central nervous systems are not fully developed and their bodies absorb and retain lead to a greater extent than the bodies of adults.  Additionally, infants and toddlers often crawl and play on the floor, play in the dirt, and put things in their mouths.

Although children from all socioeconomic groups can be effected, those from low-income and minority families are at greatest risk.  African American children are almost five times as likely as Caucasian children to be lead-burdened.  Low-income children are eight times as likely to be lead-burdened as children from wealthier backgrounds.  An estimated 60% of all children suffering from childhood lead poisoning are enrolled in Medicaid.

Lead may get inside children’s bodies when they ingest dust, paint chips, water, and food.  Children may not look sick or feel sick, even if they have very high levels of lead in their blood.  Only a blood test can determine lead levels.  The federal Medicaid Act requires state Medicaid programs to provide Medicaid-enrolled children with a lead blood test at 12 months and again at 24 months (or between 36 and 72 months if the child failed to receive a screen at either 12 or 24 months).  Any child under the age of 6 years who has never been tested for lead should be tested immediately.  A mother with an elevated blood lead level exposes her unborn child to lead.