Ripple effects

Ripple effects of childhood lead poisoning

In addition to causing health and behavioral problems in children, lead poisoning may result in serious costs to both a child's future and to society.

Lead Poisoning Prevention for Pregnant and Parenting Teens

A three-part video series in pictures and voice over (see playlist below) that explains what lead poisoning is, its serious effects, and how pregnant and parenting teens can protect themselves and their children during pregnancy and after birth.

In the news

Connections Between Shooting Ranges and Lead Exposure
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Shooting, particularly indoors, is a significant lead hazard. A Texas shooting range was recently fined by OSHA, following an investigation sparked by an employee complaint. A 2017 study revealed firing ranges pose a significant risk of lead exposure, at levels … Continue reading
EPA offering free lead training for renovators
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
The EPA is offering free lead training for renovators in St. Joseph county, Missouri, an area highlighted in a 2016 Reuterís report as having lead poisoning rates far higher than those in Flint, Michigan. Read more here.
Attack On Paint Industry Spreads To Pennsylvania; Sherwin-Williams Asks Judge For Help
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Pennsylvania counties are filing suit against Sherwin Williams, Conagra, and other manufacturers of lead paint following the U.S. Supreme Courtís denial of the industryís appeal. The Supreme Courtís rejection means the California courtís $409 million verdict stands. The money will … Continue reading
EPA Settles With Chicago-Area Company Over Lead Paint Allegations
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
The U.S. EPA announced a settlement with a Chicago area renovation company, Euro Tech, Inc. The Bensenville company allegedly violated the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to provide records to EPA to … Continue reading
Lead poisoning in news satires
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The horrific and avoidable events in Flint have resulted in expansive coverage on lead poisoning, with a focus on lead in paint, and in water. †The popular satirical news shows Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Nightly Show … Continue reading
Flint is in the News, but Lead Poisoning is Even Worse in Cleveland
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Because of the debacle in Flint, Michigan that led to contaminated water supplies, the media and legislators are focusing attention on the problem of children being poisoned by lead. †It isn’t just a problem in Flint, or a handful of … Continue reading
The surprising link between post-war suburban development and todayís inner-city lead poisoning
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
As increasing attention is paid to the scourge of lead poisoning, and its history in our inner cities, The Conversation published a piece in February exploring the link between postwar suburban development and today’s inner-city lead poisoning, with proposals for … Continue reading

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Lead Safe Illinois is a campaign to eliminate lead poisoning in Illinois. Our efforts include raising awareness and advocating for legislation and policy reform to prevent childhood lead poisoning.

Lead Safe Illinois is convened by the
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Childhood Lead Poisoning: A Historical Perspective

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Preparing for a new baby

Expectant parents can take several steps to protect themselves and their babies from lead hazards.

How to prepare for a new baby
Testing blood lead levels

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Download the Benchbook on Lead Paint Poisoning, which outlines Chicago and Illinois laws, and learn about state and federal laws on lead poisoning.

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Additional information for…
Property owners
  • The do's and don'ts of home renovation
  • What to look for in a lead contractor
  • How to find a lead contractor
  • Required disclosures to tenants
  • Right of inspection
  • Right of notification of lead hazards
  • Notifying landlords about possible lead in homes
  • If a landlord won't address a lead hazard
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  • Childcare provider responsibilities
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