October 23-29 is International lead poisoning prevention week.
Lead poisoning is entirely preventable, yet the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation has estimated that in 2013 lead exposure accounted for 853,000 deaths and 16.8 million disability adjusted life years (DALYs) due to long-term health effects, with the highest burden in developing regions. Of particular concern is the role of lead exposure in the development of intellectual disability in children.
During the campaign week, the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint aims to:
- Raise awareness about lead poisoning;
- Highlight countries and partners' efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning; and
- Urge further action to eliminate lead paint.
In New Hampshire, citizens who are involved with housing issues or public health are encouraged to attend the 6th annual healthy homes conference in Concord, NH on October 25th. The agenda for the event can be viewed here.
It is the end of year one of this 3-year term of the lead hazard reduction program! It has been a productive year. Thank you to all stakeholders who have helped make the program a success. We have repaired or have under contract 95 housing units in Manchester. We have also issued our quarterly update of lead-safe housing.
And remember, if you stop in the Manchester permit office, you can find our EPA RRP corner, which has information for tenants, landlords and contractors about reducing lead hazards during home renovations.