Affordable, safe, and healthy environments for children are critical for their health and well-being and to protect their future. Older buildings (pre-1978) where lead hazards have been eliminated by using lead-safe work practices may be considered lead-safe environments. Finding such environments means knowing what and where to look for lead hazards. Creating lead-safe housing requires a commitment as a community to develop policy and other strategies to protect children from lead exposure.
Funding for Lead-Safe Housing
Purchasing or Renting a Home - What to know when renting or buying a home built prior to 1978
WISCAP Member Agencies - Contact information for agencies that provide assistance to families regarding housing
Understanding Lead-Safe Work Practices During Renovation
Wisconsin's Lead-Safe Renovation Rule - What to know when performing renovation or remodeling work on your own or other's property
Certified Lead Companies - List of potential companies that are certified to use lead-safe work practices
Training and Certification - Steps to obtain certification in Wisconsin for performing lead-safe renovation and lead hazard abatement
Lead-Safe Work Practices in Action Videos - Demonstrating the proper lead-safe work practices for various stages of construction
Identifying Lead Hazards in Housing
- Federal Regulations and Guidelines for Lead Poisoning and Lead-based Paint Hazards
- HUD Technical Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing
- Accredited Lead Laboratory List of places certified to analyze lead paint samples
- Occupational Lead Exposure of how to avoid occupational lead exposure in the work place
- Training and Certification Steps to obtain certification in Wisconsin for performing lead hazard identification and risk assessment
- Wisconsin Statute and Administrative Rules for regulating activities related to lead-based products and services and to lead poisoning prevention
- Renovator Corner for rules and regulations that apply to inspectors and contractors
Creating Lead-Safe Housing as a Community
Note: These documents refer to a blood-lead level of 10 μg/dL as the CDC level of concern for adverse health outcomes in children. This terminology is outdated and readers are referred to the ACCLPP recommendations of 2012. However, the strategies described in these publications are still appropriate for primary prevention activities at the community level.
- Building Blocks for Primary Prevention: Protecting Children from Lead-Based Paint Hazards (2005) - This publication offers a comprehensive collection of 70 "building blocks," which are primary prevention strategies to reduce exposure to hazards in housing.
- Lead Exposure in Young Children: A Housing-Based Approach to Primary Prevention of Lead Poisoning (2004) - This document presents recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention for a housing-based approach to primary prevention of childhood lead poisoning to accelerate progress towards the elimination of elevated blood lead levels in children.
- Ten Effective Strategies for Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning Through Code Enforcement - Describes how lead safety can be incorporated into local code enforcement.
- The Community Tool Box - Bringing Solutions to Light - Promoting community health and development by connecting people, ideas, and resources