The conditions in your home can seriously affect your health. Homes built before 1978 often have lead paint hazards which can result in lead poisoning of children.
Although, homes of any age or value can contain serious hazards, older homes that are poorly maintained, or improperly renovated, usually present the greatest risks. The burden of housing hazards disproportionately affects certain age and income groups, races, ethnicities, and various geographical locations. Anyone can suffer from housing-related illnesses or injuries; however, certain groups are more susceptible.
Children are more vulnerable to environmental exposures due to their developing organs and nervous system. Children living in older homes are more vulnerable to having elevated blood lead levels.
Low-income, minority populations are more likely to live in homes with structural defects and environmental hazards, such as deteriorated paint.
Primary Care Physicians may refer children with elevated blood lead levels for a Lead Risk Assessment.
A Lead Exposure Risk Assessment is comprised of several things:
- Completion of a questionnaire
- Nutrition information
- Cleaning techniques
- Care coordination with Primary Care Provider
- Referral to Early Intervention
- Lead Hazards Risk Assessment
- Lead Hazard Remediation Enforcement