Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning


Lead poisoning is a serious health issue for many young children and their families. Lead has been shown to be particularly harmful to children between the ages of nine months and six years.  The only way to know for sure if a child has been poisoned is to get the child tested for lead.

https://www.phila.gov/2018-11-16-landlords-and-tenants-preventing-childhood-lead-poisoning/

Landlords and Tenants: Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning

Lead poisoning is a serious health issue for many young children and their families. Lead has been shown to be particularly harmful to children between the ages of nine months and six years.  The only way to know for sure if a child has been poisoned is to get the child tested for lead.

Philadelphia’s Lead and Healthy Homes Program works to ensure that Philadelphians have safe and healthy homes, free from lead and other hazards. Landlords and tenants also play an important role in ensuring that rental homes are healthy and safe.

https://www.phila.gov/2018-11-16-landlords-and-tenants-preventing-childhood-lead-poisoning/

Lead in City Hall

James Garrow, the city’s director of Digital Public Health, noted the Lead and Healthy Homes Program “is actually driven by the presence of children, not the simply the presence of lead in the environment.”

In other words, our unscientific findings at City Hall don’t exactly mesh with the focus of that effort as it “does not focus on work environments.”

http://www.phillyvoice.com/philadelphia-city-hall-lead-exposure-testing-positive-results-mayor-kenney/

By Brian Hickey

2016 Lead Poisoning Surveillance Report

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Department of Public Health released the 2016 Childhood Lead Poisoning Surveillance Report, which details blood lead level screening rates, lead exposure rates, services provided in response to elevated blood lead levels, and risk factors for elevated blood lead levels. The Health Department found that in 2016 just 0.9% of Philadelphia children screened for lead poisoning had newly-identified venous blood lead levels greater than or equal to 10 ug/dL. This is a marked drop from 2007, when 2.3% of Philadelphia children who were screened had venous blood levels greater than or equal to 10 ug/dL. Nearly three-quarters (74.9%) of Philadelphia children born in 2014 were screened by the time they were two years old, an increase over children born in 2013 (72.3%). Of children born in 2005, in contrast, only 57.6% were screen for elevated blood lead levels by two years of age.

https://mailchi.mp/phila/philadelphia-health-department-releases-2016-childhood-lead-poisoning-surveillance-report