The Environmental Health Section (EHS) of the Chemung County Health Department is responsible for conducting environmental site evaluations at locations occupied by children with elevated blood lead levels. Sampling for lead is conducted at the property to determine if a condition conducive to lead poisoning exists. When it is determined that a condition conducive to lead poisoning exists, a Notice and Demand will be issued to the owner of the property or to the person responsible for maintenance of the property to abate the situation.
EHS works closely with the Patient Services Section of the Chemung County Health Department with regard to children's blood lead levels. The amount of lead detected in a child's blood will dictate how quickly an environmental investigation must occur. A very high level will dictate a very quick response
There are 2 regulations that relate to lead poisoning prevention.
The second regulation is Part 67 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules, and Regulations Title X. Subpart 67-1 covers "Screening & Follow-Up", Subpart 67-2 deals with "Environmental Assessment & Abatement" , and Subpart 67-3 covers "Reporting of Blood Lead Levels".
The EPA, HUD, the Ad Council, and the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning have collaborated and developed a website called LeadFreeKids.org dedicated to educating the public on how to protect your kids, protect your pregnancy and protect your home from the hazards of lead.
For more information on the EHS Program for lead poisoning prevention, you can contact EHS at (607) 737-2019.
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