Information on Lead Poisoning

Federal Agencies Working on Lead Poisoning Prevention

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Information on CDC’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program; lead hazard control grants information; research and surveillance publications; screening guidelines; census data on housing and population; and a fact sheet on lead poisoning.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Information on HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control, lead hazard control grants information, technical studies and regulations development, community outreach activities, and news.

Tips for preventing lead poisoning.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Information on EPA’s lead program, and current EPA lead regulatory policies.

Copies of EPA pamphlets: "Lead in Your Home: A Parents Reference Guide," "Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home," and "Reducing Lead Hazards When Remodeling Your Home."

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Information and publications on worker safety and prevention of lead poisoning.

List of OSHA-approved blood lead labs.

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General Information on Lead Poisoning

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Information on protecting children from environmental hazards.

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Brochure "What You Should Know About Lead in China Dishes".

National Lead Information Center (NLIC)

Information on ordering EPA lead poisoning prevention documents via e-mail. The NLIC operates the lead information center and clearinghouse (800-424-LEAD) and provides the public with general information on lead hazards and prevention. NLIC is operated under funding from EPA and CDC.

National Safety Council, Environmental Health Center (EHC)

The National Safety Council’s newsletter – Lead Inform, information on NSC’s lead program, lead hazard disclosure in real estate transactions, lead education materials. Information also available for Spanish speaking individuals.

New York Coalition To End Lead Poisoning

Some recent Health and Lead Studies (many of these documents are in PDF format).

A Parent’s Guide to the Prevention of Childhood Lead Poisoning

Information on risk factors and how to reduce those risks, health effects, buying or renting a home, research, legislative and regulatory developments, testing children, state contacts, and a parent-oriented discussion page. Lead is a Silent Hazard, authored by Richard M. Stapleton, parent of a poisoned child.

United Parents Against Lead (UPAL)

UPAL is comprised of parents of lead poisoned kids. UPAL provides information and referrals to families on a state, local, and national level.

Maurice Jackson,
1438 E 52nd Street
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: 773-324-7824
Fax: 773-324-7560
Zakia Shabazz,
4115 Old Hopkins Road
Richmond, VA 23234
Phone: 804-714-1618
Fax: 804-714-0798

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Information on lead, its health effects, and ways to reduce exposure.

EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline


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Legislation and Policy

Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ASTDR)

Analysis Paper: Impact of Lead-Contaminated Soil on Public Health.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

AAP lead screening policy statement.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC Screening Guidelines for State and Local Public Health Officials.

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF)

Information on CLF’s advocacy program to combat environmental toxins.

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing (June 1995)

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Hour of Lead (a brief history of lead poisoning in the U.S.), What You Should Know About Lead in China Dishes, and other publications on environmental toxins.

Environmental Law Institute (ELI)

Information on state and local laws that require disclosure of indoor air hazards during residential real estate transactions.

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

Information on NCSL’s Lead Hazards Project, NCSL publications on lead hazard reduction policies, directory of state contacts, lead poisoning prevention guide for legislators, financing state and tribal lead programs, and lead hazard disclosure in real estate transactions.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD's reference library, contains information and downloadable documents on the Federal Law: Title X of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 and sections contained therein.

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Publications and Newsletters

Asbestos and Lead Abatement Report

Newsletter on the detection and abatement industry, with topics like risk assessment, lawsuits, litigation, enforcement, compliance, insulation, environment and containment.

Conservation Law Foundation

Lead Poisoning Prevention Act: A Model State Law.

Environmental Defense Fund Toxins

The Hour of Lead (1992) and What You Should Know About Lead in China Dishes (1997).

Lead is a Silent Hazard by Richard Stapleton, parent of a lead poisoned child.

Maintaining A Lead Safe Home by Dennis Livingston

For copies contact: Community Resources, 28 E. Ostend Street, Baltimore, MD 21230, Phone: 410-727-7837.

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

Lead Poisoning Prevention: A Guide for Legislators (May 1994), Lead Poisoning Prevention: A Directory of State Contacts 1992-1998, and Lead Hazards Reduction Policies (May 1993).

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Safe Home Maintenance and Remodeling

Maintaining a Lead Safe Home

By Dennis Livingston, a do-it-yourself manual for home owners and property managers, which provides step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations of affordable solutions to lead-based paint problems. To order call 410-727-7837 or fax 410-706-0295.

New England Lead Coordinating Committee

"An Insider's Guide to Lead-Safe Painting and Home Improvement," a brochure on lead safe painting and remodeling.

Contact: Naomi Mermin
Tufts University
Department of Family and Community Health
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-636-3443

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA pamphlet "Reducing Lead Hazards When Remodeling Your Home".

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Scientific and Technical Assistance

National Center for Lead-Safe Housing (NCLSH)

The National Center for Lead-Safe Housing evaluates and validates cost-effective strategies for controlling lead hazards. NCLSH also provides training opportunities on lead hazard control, a historical and general introduction to lead use and lead poisoning prevention efforts, federal regulations, and financing for lead-based paint hazard control. Please e-mail the center at for more information on these and other training modules.

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Testing and Abatement

Community Lead Education and Reduction Corps (CLEARCorps)

Information on research, risk assessment and abatement.

Lead Listing Service

A state-by-state listing of companies providing lead services, including lead-based paint inspection, risk assessment, and abatement contracting.

National Environmental Training Association (NETA)

A one-day lead-based paint maintenance training course developed under a grant from HUD and EPA. This one-day course provides "basic training" for multi-family maintenance staff in how to deal with lead paint safely during repair and repainting projects. This trainer's package includes: a detailed instructor's manual, overhead projections, and a 9-part video. Each trainee receives a laminated Planning Tool. The course is available for $129 through NETA at 602-956-6099 or HUD User at 800-245-2691.

National Lead Information Center (NLIC)

Information on laboratories across the country that test paint for lead contamination 1-800-424-LEAD.

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