What is lead?
Lead is a toxic element found in the air, soil, water, and sometimes in our homes. Children under six are at the greatest risk because their developing bodies absorb lead more easily. In children, low-level lead poisoning can cause hyperactivity, impair growth, shorten attention spans, and affect cognition. Further, pregnant women are at increased risk because lead in the mother's blood can affect the development of a fetus.
What is a healthy home?
Public health and housing professionals are recognizing the strong connection between housing conditions and resident health. Ongoing research demonstrates that unhealthy housing can cause or aggravate a variety of medical conditions and preventable injuries. The Program follows the national effort to take a more holistic and comprehensive approach to housing assistance to address a greater range of potential hazards. This concept has become known as 'Healthy Homes'. A healthy home is commonly defined as dry, clean, well-ventilated, pest-free, safe, contaminant-free, and well maintained.
State & National Resources
HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control
Comprehensive site with information about grant programs, lead-related research, lead-safe work practices, and much more.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Important information on the effects of lead poisoning in children and adults; a guide to various regulations involving lead; and standards for the evaluation and control of lead hazards.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Guidance for parents and others about potential sources of lead contamination; the health effects of lead poisoning; and information about lead levels in society.
State of Vermont - Department of Health
The Vermont Department of Health is the lead agency designated by the State to address lead poisoning prevention. This site provides links to Vermont's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and a host of information on lead paint safety and lead poisoning prevention.
U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration The main web page of the federal agency overseeing employee health & safety issues.