Publications & resources
Lead Safety During Renovation (March 2008) This brochure, developed by the EPA, explains the new Renovation, Repair, and Paint rule to contractors.
EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting Certificate Requirements and Numbering Protocol The EPA explains what the course completion certificate should look like, and explains the unique certification numbers that are assigned to each certificate.
Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right: EPA's Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program (July 2010) This handbook, created by the EPA, is a guide for contractors, property managers, and maintenance personnel working in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978.
Family safety & resources
Guidelines for the Identification and Management of Lead Exposure in Pregnant and Lactating Women These guidelines are based on scientific data and practical considerations regarding preventing lead exposure during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and follow up of infants and children exposed to lead before they were born.
KITS for KIDS (2007) The Illinois Department of Public Health adapted this curriculum guide for Pre-K teachers on lead poisoning prevention from the Erie County Department of Public Health. It provides an overview of the lead poisoning problem, suggestions for using the curriculum, five units complete with learning objectives, background information, suggested activities, and a full complement of informational materials for parents and caregivers. To order a copy, contact the Loyola Civitas ChildLaw Center at (312) 915-6481.
Lead Away! A message about lead poisoning prevention from Sesame Street This video explains the basics of lead and lead poisoning prevention.
Lead-Safe Growth Chart (2008) This growth chart, created by Loyola law students and grade school children from Avery Coonley School, provides a fun and informative way to track children's height growth while at the same time teaching them about lead poisoning prevention. To order a copy of the Growth Chart, please contact the Loyola Civitas ChildLaw Center at (312) 915-6481.
Lead Poisoning and Learning: Ralph Spezio video While principal of Enrico Fermi School School No.17 in the Rochester City School District, Ralph Spezio became a founding member of the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning. In this TEDxRochester YouTube video, he explains how many of his students had lead poisoning, and explains how it impacted their ability to learn.
Learn to Protect Your Child from Being Lead Poisoned This lead education initiative packet, developed by the Chicago Housing Authority, informs parents on how to protect their children from lead poisoning through education, housekeeping and diet.
Product recall information at the Consumer Product Safety Commission This link allows parents and caregivers to sign up for e-mail notification of new recalls issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a federal agency, and to check for recalled items you may already have in your home.
Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home (June 2003) This is one of the EPA's pamphlets that may be distributed to new tenants or homeowners before moving in.
Resource Guide on Childhood Lead Poisoning for Parents and Other Advocates in Illinois (June 2006) Lead Safe Illinois created this guide to provide special education and health resources to parents of lead poisoned children.
"Sign up for Safety" website This site was created to ensure the safety of children and families. The Illinois Attorney General enforces the Children's Product Safety Act, which requires manufacturers and retailers to provide notice to consumers when products intended for children have been deemed unsafe.
What Every Caregiver Should Know About Lead (September 2009) Illinois Action for Children created this additional resource to educate caregivers about the dangers of lead poisoning.
What You Should Know About Exposure to Lead (April 2009) The Illinois Department of Public Health created this handout for daycare employees to distribute to parents and caregivers to inform them of lead hazards, lead dangers, and ways they can protect their children from lead exposure.
Your Guide to Poisoning Issues During Pregnancy (2006) The Illinois Poison Control Center created this pamphlet to educate expectant mothers on the dangers of lead, mercury, and certain medicines.
Illinois and local prevention initiatives
CLEAR-Win The Comprehensive Lead Education, Reduction, and Window Replacement Program Act (CLEAR-Win) signed into law in August 2007, establishes two pilot sites to implement the window replacement program in low-income properties to reduce lead hazards. Read more about CLEAR-Win.
Hardware Store Community Outreach This poster, created by Lead Safe Illinois, is distributed to hardware stores to give a brief overview of how to properly work on a home built before 1978.
The Illinois Lead Safe Housing Advisory Council Recommendations (2007) report provides recommendations for identifying sources of revenue to assist property owners in removing lead hazards, establishing lead-safe work practices as part of routine remodeling and renovation, targeting buildings with lead hazards, focusing on populations at greatest risk of becoming lead poisoned, enhancing reporting and surveillance, and providing education.
Community Strategic Plans: Lead Safe Community Strategic Plans are community-based initiatives to reduce and prevent childhood lead poisoning.
Lead facts & data
The City of Chicago's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program developed the following tools to show the presence of lead poisoning in the Chicago community area.
Diagram of lead sources in a home This document shows where lead can be found in a home.
Fact sheet on lead poisoning and behavioral problems (September 2009) Lead Safe Illinois developed this fact sheet to explain how lead poisoning is linked to an increase in delinquency, aggression, and criminal activity.
Fact sheet on lead poisoning and learning (September 2009) Lead Safe Illinois developed this fact sheet to explain the connections between childhood lead poisoning and learning disabilities.
Fact sheet for property owners and managers and realtors in Illinois (September 2009) Lead Safe Illinois developed this fact sheet to educate property owners, managers, and realtors on Chicago, Illinois, and federal lead laws.
Fact sheet on savings to a community through lead poisoning prevention (September 2009) Lead Safe Illinois developed this fact sheet to explain how lead poisoning prevention would save a community money over time due to decreased special education needs, lower chronic health bills, and reduced crime rates.
Illinois Lead Program Annual Surveillance Report (January 2011) The Illinois Lead Program, a department within the Illinois Department of Public Health, created this report to provide information on the number of children screened and identified with lead poisoning by county, age, race and blood lead levels. (Past reports: December 2009)
Is There Lead in My Drinking Water? (February 2005) The US Environmental Protection Agency created this pamphlet to educate others on how to reduce the risk of lead exposure from drinking water in homes.
Lead Safe Yards handbook (January 2001) This handbook, developed by the US Environmental Protection Agency, is a useful tool for communities to use to create lead-safe yards.
"Leadie Gaga" - Making us more aware of lead "Leadie Gaga" promotes lead poisoning awareness through her eye-catching outfits and informative workshops and displays. In her video, she points out lead hazards that may exist in and around a home.
Mexican candy Many commonly found treats may contain lead. There are some candies from Mexico that contain lead.
Chicago and Illinois lead laws
Benchbook on Lead Paint Poisoning Laws The Benchbook, developed by the Loyola University Civitas ChildLaw Center's Policy Institute, summarizes and compiles Chicago and Illinois laws on lead poisoning and relevant federal laws.
Chicago Municipal Code and Summary, Lead Bearing Substances This section first gives a summary of the municipal code on Lead Bearing Substances; the Chicago Lead Law begins on page 6. The accompanying rules and regulations begin on page 15.
Illinois Law with Summary This section gives a summary of Illinois Lead Laws; the Illinois Lead Poisoning Prevention Act begins on page 7. The accompanying rules begin on page 23.
Appendix A: Flowchart This flowchart depicts the process of health and inspection referrals once a child has been identified as having an elevated blood lead level.
Appendix B: Risk Assessment This appendix provides an example of a physician's Childhood Lead Risk Assessment Questionnaire.
Appendix C: Sample Reports The inspection notices in this appendix are distributed to individuals in homes with a lead poisoned child.
Appendix D: CDPH Lead Program This appendix discusses the homeowner lead program workshop, the lead-safe course examination for remodelers and renovators, and provides an example of the Chicago Department of Public Health's Environmental Lead Program certificate.
Appendix E: Complaints and Orders View examples of violations and summons, complaints, and orders.
Appendix F: Title X Read about the federal Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992.
Appendix G: HUD Guidelines Read about the U.S. HUD guidelines for the evaluation and control of lead based paint hazards in housing.
Appendix H: EPA Rule This appendix lists the U.S. EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Paint rule.
Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance The purpose of this ordinance is to protect and promote the public health, safety and welfare of Chicago citizens, to establish the rights and obligations of the landlord and the tenant in the rental of dwelling units, and to encourage the landlord and the tenant to maintain and improve the quality of housing.
Illinois Administrative Code: Lead Poisoning Prevention Code This links to the provisions of the Lead Poisoning Prevention Code.
Illinois Lead Poisoning Prevention Act of 2006 This PowerPoint presentation explains the Chicago and Illinois lead laws.
Federal lead laws
Full text of Section 1018 of Title X Requirements for the Disclosure of Known Lead-Based Paint and/or Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing
Sections 1012 and 1013 (see pages 7–11) Requirements for the Notification, Evaluation, and Reduction of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Federally Owned Residential Property and Housing Receiving Federal Assistance
Rules Regarding Title IV, Section 403 Identification of Dangerous Levels of Lead
Rules Regarding Title IV, Section 406(b) Requirements for Hazard Education before Renovation of Target Housing
Title IV, Section 402 Training and Certification Programs for Lead-Based Paint Activities in Target Housing and Child Occupied Facilities
EPA Renovate, Repair and Paint rule The US EPA Renovate, Repair, and Paint rule aims at protect against lead-based paint hazards associated with renovation, repair and painting activities. The rule requires workers to be trained to use lead-safe work practices and requires renovation firms to be EPA-certified.
Federal disclosure requirements and supporting documents
Overview of the notification law and its requirements Congress passed the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, also known as Title X, to protect families from exposure to lead from paint, dust, and soil.
Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home This is one of the EPA's pamphlets that may be distributed to new tenants or homeowners before moving in.
Lead Safe Illinois newsletters
Lead Safe Housing Task Force and the Loyola University Civitas ChildLaw Center publish a quarterly newsletter highlighting updates in lead poisoning laws, policies, and prevention initiatives.
Legal resource for lead inspectors
Navigating the Trial Process: A Manual for Lead Inspectors and Risk Assessors (2009) This manual, created by Lead Safe Illinois, is designed for lead inspectors and risk assessors who want to know what to expect if they are subpoenaed to appear as an expert witness at a deposition or in court.
State and local organizations
- Access Living addresses housing issues for disabled people through education, community organizing, advocacy and individual housing counseling.
- The Chicago Commission on Human Relations receives complaints of illegal discrimination by those renting or selling property.
- Chicago Rents Right is a Chicago Department of Housing program which provides information for Chicago-area tenants about their rights and responsibilities.
- The Center for Conflict Resolution works with individuals and communities to manage and resolve a range of conflicts.
- Cook County Commission on Human Rights receives complaints of illegal discrimination by those renting or selling property.
- Illinois Department of Human Rights receives complaints of illegal discrimination by those renting or selling property.
- John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Clinic aims to educate the public about fair housing law and to provide legal assistance to organizations that address housing discrimination issues.
- Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing offers legal assistance to low- and moderate-income households in the Chicago area.
- Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago offers free legal aid to the citizens of Cook County.
- The Metropolitan Tenants Organization provides information about tenants' rights and responsibilities regarding a variety of issues, including lead hazards in housing.
Property owner resources
Do's and Don'ts of Working on a Home Built before 1978 Lead Safe Illinois created this poster to give a brief overview of how to properly work on a home built before 1978.
Financial Assistance Applications for Homeowner Lead Abatement The CDPH has limited grant funding to assist low-income homeowners and landlords of affordable housing with eliminating lead hazards in their buildings.
Homeowner Lead Abatement Financial Assistance Application (for homes with less than four units) Use this link to apply for financial assistance from Chicago's Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Program if you have a home with less than four units. For more information about properties with four or more units, please contact CDPH at (312) 746-6520.
Find an EPA Repair, Renovate, and Paint Rule-certified contractor Use this site to find an EPA certified RRP contractor.
IDPH searchable list of lead-safe contractors To find a licensed contractor, highlight "contractor" in the second row, and select "go."
A Landlord's Guide to Working Safely with Lead (February 2009) This pamphlet, created by the Illinois Department of Public Health, presents lead-safe procedures that landlords and maintenance personnel can use to minimize lead dust when conducting repairs on residential properties.
Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right (April 2009) The US Environmental Protection Agency created this pamphlet to inform homeowners, property owners, and families about lead dangers, choosing a contractor for renovation, repair, or painting, how to prepare for a renovation or repair job, what to look for during the job and after the job is done, and where to get more information about lead.
Lead Safe Work Practices This link to the US Environmental Protection Agency website provides basic information about lead-safe work practices and links to other important resources.
Lead disclosure forms: Federal law requires that landlords and homeowners tell prospective tenants and buyers about any known lead hazards before they agree to rent or buy the property. This law only applies to houses built before 1978. This law does not require homeowners or landlords to inspect the property; they are only required to provide educational materials and a disclosure form.
Federal disclosure law Congress passed the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, also known as Title X, to protect families from exposure to lead from paint, dust, and soil.
Lead-Safe Housing Rule U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Lead-Safe Housing Rule applies to all target housing that is federally owned and target housing receiving Federal assistance.
Metropolitan Tenant's Organization Renter's Hotline The Metropolitan Tenant's Organization Tenants Rights Hotline serves as a first point of contact for tenants. The counselors listen to the tenants' problems and provide them with possible solutions and/or referrals to other agencies that may be able to assist in court or provide financial aid.
Residential Alternatives for Dispute Resolution Program This link to the Center for Conflict Resolution provides resources for tenants with landlord disputes.
Sample Disclosure Form This disclosure form, developed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, is one example of a notice that must be given to tenants before moving into a home.
Testing for lead poisoning
Childhood lead risk assessment questionnaire (June 2007) This questionnaire should be used by a health provider when assessing whether to give a child a blood lead test.
Lead Screening and Case Follow-up Guidelines for Local Health Departments (September 2007) This guideline, developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health with assistance from the Illinois Childhood Lead Poisoning Elimination Advisory Council for the Illinois Lead Program, provides information on federal standards for determining lead poisoning at lower levels, medical management and treatment of children with lead poisoning, revised state laws on screening and revised Center for Disease Control guidelines.
Resource Guide on Childhood Lead Poisoning for Parents and Other Advocates in Illinois (June 2006) Lead Safe Illinois created this guide to provide special education and health resources, including blood lead testing locations, to parents of lead poisoned children.