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Children's Health Month
EPA celebrates Children's Health Month each October by developing publications and activities that highlight the importance of protecting children from environmental risks. Get more information from EPA Children's Health Protection.
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW)
NLPPW occurs every year during the last full week of October. Today, childhood lead poisoning is considered to be the most preventable environmental disease of young children, yet an estimated 250,000 U.S. children have elevated blood lead levels. A simple blood test can prevent a lifetime spoiled by the irreversible damage caused by lead poisoning.
While the national goal of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in the United States, the goals of the Alabama Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week are:
- Raising awareness about this serious health issue;
- Emphasizing the importance of screening the highest risk children younger than 6 years of age, preferably screening them by 1 to 2 years of age;
- Highlighting existing childhood lead poisoning prevention partnering efforts and to increase the establishment of new efforts; and
- Urging people to take steps to reduce their possible exposure to lead.
For more information, visit the NLPPW at the CDC.
Consumer Product Safety Regulation Bill
On Monday, July 28, members of the House and Senate reached an agreement on a proposed bill that would increase regulation of consumer product safety. Among other things, the bill would lower limits for lead exposure in children’s toys and jewelry and impose stricter penalties for violations. Talks on the legislation have come on the heels of 2007’s record number of product recalls, including 45 million recalls of toys and other children’s products that contained lead and other safety hazards. (Read more)
"Association of Prenatal and Childhood Blood Lead Concentrations with Criminal Arrests in Early Adulthood"
According to a study by researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, exposure to lead as a child may be associated with violent criminal behavior later in life. The study followed 250 individuals who were born between 1979 and 1984, tracking the mothers’ blood lead concentrations during pregnancy and recording lead levels in the children from birth to 6.5 years of age. The researchers then obtained records of how many times the individuals were arrested between turning 18 and October 2005. They found that elevated blood levels were associated with higher rates of total arrests and arrests for violent crimes with the risk of being arrested for a violent crime increasing almost 50% for every 5 mcg/dL increase in blood lead level. (Read the full article)
Pre-1978 Home Renovations
Beginning in April of 2010 major renovation and maintenance in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities will be subject to new rules. As part of its efforts to eliminate the risk of lead poisoning, the EPA passed a new rule requiring that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Additionally, starting in December 2008, renovators in these areas will be required to provide owners and occupants with the pamphlet "Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools." More information can be found at the EPA.
Page last updated: March 22, 2017