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Lead and Other Hazards


  • Has Your Child Been Tested for Lead Poisoning?

  • Lead Poisoning Prevention Information Packets in Multiple Languages

  • Lead Poisoning: What It Is and What You Can Do About It

  • Links

    • Alliance for Healthy Homes (formerly Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning) - This is a national advocacy organization devoted to the prevention of poisoning by hazardous materials in homes. The site primarily discusses lead poisoning but also provides information about eliminating such hazards as mold, carbon dioxide, radon, pests, and pesticides.

    • CDC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program - This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website is devoted to information about lead poisoning. It includes links to many prevention programs, such as the national Healthy Homes initiative, state and local programs, lead in the workplace, lead in the environment, recalls of products containing lead, data and statistics, publications, and many other resources.

    • Lead Hotline - The National Lead Informational Center - This EPA website describes how to contact a specialist on lead poisoning and prevention by phone, mail, or online. The toll-free hotline (1-800-424-5323) is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    • The Leadsafe NJ Program - This site provides detailed information about eligibility for the state’s Lead Hazard Control Assistance Fund (LHCA) program. LHCA provides low-interest loans for property owners in New Jersey who need assistance to remove lead paint from their property. The Fund is managed by the NJ Department of Community Affairs and the site contains a link to the LHCA application.

    • Long-Term Lead Exposure Linked to Heart Failure (from U.S. News) - A recent study of several hundred mostly white men showed that those with a higher level of lead in their bones (a better method of showing long-term exposure to lead than blood tests) had a six-times greater risk of dying of heart disease than those with lower lead levels. Higher lead levels were also linked to a greater risk of dying from all causes. A Harvard School of Public Health professor says that the findings are dramatic.

    • The National Lead Information Center - This EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) site has information about lead poisoning and prevention, including federal requirements for lead abatement and repair. It also provides links to relevant federal laws and regulations.

    • National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program - The federal government established a fund in 1988 to compensate injury or death claims as a result of receiving certain vaccines. The program limits the dollar amount of compensation for death claims but not for vaccine-related injuries. The average compensation for a vaccine-related injury is approximately $1 million. This government website describes the program, which is administered through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) within the US Department of Health and Human Services. The site also contains links to other relevant information about vaccines.

    • The NJ Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) - NJPIES is the only state-certified poison center in New Jersey. Callers reach it automatically when they dial the nationwide 24-hour Poison Help Hotline (1-800-222-1222). NJPIES’ staff—nurses, doctors and pharmacists—are specially trained to provide free and confidential help with poisoning emergencies.

    • Protect Your Child from Lead Poisoning - This is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website for information about lead poisoning prevention and federal safety standards. The site also provides links to federal regulations and guidelines for lead abatement, clean-up, remodeling, and renovations.

    • Vaccine Safety: Mercury and Vaccines (Thimerosal) - This CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website discusses the suggested links between mercury-containing vaccines and autism spectrum disorders. It includes links to relevant reports and studies, including Infant and Environmental Exposures to Thimerosal and Neuropsychological Outcomes at 7 to 10 Years.

    This information last reviewed 10/26/11


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