SJEJA – Health Information on Lead Poisoning

Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children 6 years old and under are most at risk, because their bodies are growing quickly. This site provides information about lead, lead hazards, and provides some simple steps to protect your family.

>>> visit the EPA lead awareness program website

The LeadSafeNJ Program is a collection of public education, outreach and training initiatives made possible through funding by the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs as authorized by the Lead Hazard Control Assistance Act.

Wipe Out Lead New Jersey (WOLNJ)
WOLNJ is a statewide initiative to distribute free at home lead dust test kits to pregnant women and eligible families in select cities across NJ. Using these kits, dust wipe samples taken from the window sill and floor are sent to a professional lab to determine whether harmful lead dust from lead based paint is present. >>> more

>>> watch some videos (NJN)

>>> read about lead poisoning due to lead bracelets (CDC)

Following is the online version of Lead Poisoning: What It Is and What You Can Do About It. One printed copy of the manual is available free of charge. This handbook, produced by NJ Legal Services, contains information on preventing and recognizing the signs of lead poisoning, as well as the legal rights of those who may be at risk.
>>> click here to order

The Environmental Quality Institute conducts research on environmental issues through the University of North Carolina at Asheville. We serve citizen groups, governmental agencies and the private sector by providing information on water quality and other environmental concerns.
>>> order your test kit

Lead-based paint was banned in 1978. However, today there are still about 38 million homes that contain some lead paint—about 40% of all US housing. Leaded gasoline emissions that were deposited over the years in the soil near highways and busy roads continue to contaminate many yards. And thousands of old lead pipes that continue to serve as water service lines in many older US cities also continue to leach lead into drinking water.

The good news is that lead poisoning is preventable. Families need to be informed about the various sources of lead and need to be vigilant in preventing exposure. The National Safety Council is pleased to provide the following materials that we hope readers will use as resources to prevent lead poisoning.
>>> visit the NSC website