Affordable, safe, and healthy environments for children are critical for their health and well-being and to protect their future. Funding is available to renovate older buildings (pre-1978) where lead hazards exist. Finding lead hazards 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 Renovating Older Housing with Lead Hazards
- Funding to create lead-safe housing for individuals and for organizations
- 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
Creating Lead-Safe Housing as a Community
Note: While these documents refer to a blood-lead level of 10 μg/dL as the CDC level of concern (which is outdated) for adverse health outcomes in children, the strategies described in these publications are still appropriate for community level primary prevention activities.
- Building Blocks for Primary Prevention: Protecting Children from Lead-Based Paint Hazards (2005) - Offers 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) - A housing-based approach to primary prevention 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
Identifying Lead Hazards in Older Housing
- 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
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