Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
The Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is a resource to help address the risk of lead poisoning and other health, safety and energy issues that stem from the home environment.
Lead poisoning in young children is entirely preventable, however an estimated 65,000 children living in the New Hampshire have blood lead levels high enough to impair their ability to think, concentrate, and learn. Evidence shows that the most common source of lead exposure for children today is lead paint in older housing and the contaminated dust and soil it generates. With some of the oldest housing stock in the country, more than half of NH’s housing, in excess of 250,000 housing units, were built before the 1978 ban on lead in residential paint.
Young children, especially those under six that reside in these homes are at risk for lead poisoning through sitting, crawling and playing on the floor and in areas where lead paint dust collects. Their hand-to-mouth behavior and placing objects in their mouths puts them especially at risk.
Adults who work, have hobbies, or decorate with antiques that contain lead are at risk for lead poisoning, but more importantly are at risk for poisoning the young children in their lives.
The Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is a resource to help families, health care providers, contractors and property owners address the risk of lead poisoning. The Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program can be a resource with the following:
- Nurse Case Management for children with elevated blood lead levels that connect families to the resources they need to provide these children with a positive outcome.
- Environmental Inspections of rental properties where children reside that have an elevated blood lead level to help identify where the source of lead exposure is.
- Licensing and Certification of lead paint professionals that include abatement contractors; supervisors, workers, risk assessors, lead inspectors, and trainers.
- Compliance Inspections of lead paint professionals to ensure quality work that is conducted in accordance with State rules and statute.
- Surveillance Monitoring and Reporting of all reported child and adult blood lead levels.
- Professional and Public Education to increase awareness of the hazards of lead and primary prevention activities to prevent lead poisoning.
Healthy Homes & Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (HHLPPP)
For more information call (800) 897-LEAD (5323) within New Hampshire or at (603) 271-4507.