According to the Centers for Disease Control, lead poisoning is a leading environmental health risk. Lead accumulation in a person’s system may lead to fatigue, sudden behavioral change, abdominal pain, anorexia, chronic headaches, joint aches, depression, anemia, impotence, and severe fetal damage in unborn infants.
Buildings that were constructed or painted prior to the early 1980’s may contain lead paint. Because common sources of lead exposure include ingestion (lead paint) or inhalation (lead-containing dust), it is important to identify all areas that contain lead paint. If lead paint flakes or chips, it must be encapsulated or removed by qualified persons.
The following locations should also be inspected for lead paint:
- Areas where young children or pregnant women are present
- Areas with flaking or deteriorating paint
- Areas that were built or painted prior to the early 1980’s (Lead testing is particularly important before beginning renovation on older buildings.)
Contact FPDC or EHSRM if you have any questions about lead paint hazards.
Revised May 2011
Reviewed November 2014