COVID-19 and the "Safer at Home" Emergency Order
We've compiled the links below with the people, businesses, and other agencies we partner with to prevent childhood lead poisoning in Wisconsin, in mind. We hope this information is helpful to you as you navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the emergency restrictions in effect on gatherings and non-essential business activities.
- Guidance on determining which businesses are considered essential
- Guidance on disinfecting workplaces exposed to the COVID-19 virus
- Lead and Asbestos Certification Program hours and service information, with details of the measures we're taking to provide flexibility for individuals due for refresher training during this time
April 8, 2020, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. - via Skype or Conference Call
A public hearing to consider amendments to Wis. Admin. Code ch. DHS 163, relating to certification for the identification, removal and reduction of lead-based paint hazards, has been scheduled for April 8.
Visit the Notice of Public Hearing to access the amendments under consideration, as well as directions for attending the hearing by Skype or conference call and submitting written comments.
Lead Poisoning is Preventable
In Wisconsin, lead poisoning is most often linked to lead in the paint and varnish in our older homes. We say lead poisoning is typically a housing-based disease. Lead poisoning is caused by swallowing or breathing in dust from lead-based paint in older homes. This disease affects everyone—adults, pregnant women and our most vulnerable citizens—young children. Lead causes injury to the brain and other body systems and can last a lifetime and across generations. Fortunately, it is 100% preventable. Learn more by clicking on the bullets below.
- What is lead poisoning?
- Where is lead found?
- Who is at risk?
- Effects of lead
- Prevent lead poisoning
- Get educational materials about lead
- Test your child for lead
- Check and maintain your home
- Find a certified lead renovation company
- Report unsafe lead or asbestos work
- Before you buy or rent a home built before 1978
- Learn about other lead hazards
- Learn about screening and testing for lead
- Intervention at the clinic level
- Monitor lead levels
- Coordinate care with public health
- Training and certification to work with lead-based paint
- Wisconsin's Lead-Safe Renovation Rule
- Become a lead-certified individual or company
- Certification requirements for lead-based paint activities
- Find a lead-certified company to fix hazards
- Hire a lead investigation company to identify lead hazards
- Find funds to fix lead hazards
- Understand what working "lead-safe" looks like
- Locate a training class
- Find a state lead exam location
- Find a Wisconsin-accredited training provider
- Watch "hands-on" skills training
- Find forms and publications