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Indoor Air: Special Concerns in Older Homes: Lead

You can help residents, landlords, and business owners reduce the amount of lead in older homes that may affect residents, their families, and the community by conducting these activities:


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Sponsor Awareness Activities

      How?
  • Sponsor an awareness month or week that focuses on the dangers of lead exposure in the home.
  • Host Lead Awareness Workshops where the public can meet with lead abatement professionals.
  • Maintain a Lead Awareness booth or table at public places such as libraries, community centers, and municipal buildings.
  • Have a Lead Awareness booth at state and county fairs or hold health fairs related to Lead Awareness.
  • EPA maintains materials that may be useful for Lead Awareness programs. Check out these materials in the "More Information" section below.
      Benefits
  • Decreases risk to homeowners by increasing their awareness about the dangers of lead.
      Costs
  • Many pamphlets and posters may be available for free from EPA and other organizations.
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Assist with Training

      How?
  • Serve as a contact for lead testing and remediation professionals seeking training.
  • Sponsor training classes.
  • Partner with state, local, and Tribal agencies to enforce the training requirements for lead testing and remediation professionals.
  • Offer funding to lead testing and remediation professionals who may not be able to afford training on their own.
      Benefits
  • Reduces incidences of training fraud.
  • Better coordination between lead testing and remediation professionals and government regulators.
      Costs
  • Costs to hire trainers for classes.
  • Funding to train lead testing and remediation professionals.
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Assist Homeowners

      How?
  • Help homeowners understand why lead is dangerous and how to safely remedy the problem. Check out the publications in the "More Information" section below for educational materials.
  • Provide funding for homeowners to use for lead abatement.
  • Help homeowners locate other funding opportunities which may be available from your state, local, or Tribal agency.
      Benefits
  • Decreases risk to homeowners by raising awareness about the dangers of lead in the home.
  • Decreases risk to homeowners by funding lead abatement activities.
      Costs
  • Providing funding for homeowners to use in lead abatement activities.
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Assist Building and Business Owners

      How?
  • Sponsor lead regulation awareness seminars for business and building owners, contractors, and consultants.
  • These seminars can provide an overview of the lead regulations relevant to your community and can impress upon them the importance of following lead regulations.
  • For information about lead regulations for business and building owners, check out the "More Information" section below.
      Benefits
  • Increases worker and building occupant safety.
  • Reduces exposure to lead.
  • Decreases liability costs.
      Costs
  • Costs associated with sponsoring lead awareness seminars.
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