Planting a garden this year? We recommend planting any food for consumption in a raised bed. Residential soils can contain toxic chemicals including lead and arsenic. Children should not play in dirt and if they do, you must wash hands with soap and water. Any bare soil should be covered with grass or mulch. Any child under the age of six with a history of elevated blood lead concentration should not eat leafy vegetables or root crops known to have been grown near a heavily trafficked road or lead contaminated soil. www.gardening.cornell.edu/factsheets/misc/cgandlead.html.
The Monroe County Dept of Public Health has up to $5,500 in funding available through a HUD Lead Hazard Control & Healthy Home Grant Program. Applicants must be eligible City of Rochester residential property owners who own pre-1978 housing units of no more than 4 units with 1 or more bedrooms that have lead hazards. Priority will be given to homes that house children under the age of six. All lead hazard control work will be conducted by EPA Certified Lead Abatement and Renovation Firms. This program runs through November 2017. Call (585) 753-5087 for more information.
Monroe County offers FREE one-day classes in EPA certified Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP). Click here for the May-August 2015 class schedule. This class is open to anyone (parents, contractors, property owners, tenants, etc) interested in working safely with lead hazards. Classes are free but space is limited. You must pre-register by calling (866) 850-5280 x109. For more information, please go to www2.monroecounty.gov/eh-leadpoisoning.php
We are pleased to share our "Healthy Homes, Healthy Families" resource guides in English and Spanish! Call (585) 224-3125 to request free copies.
We have Lead Poisoning Prevention Brochures available in SEVEN languages--Burmese, English, Karen, Nepali, Somali, Spanish, and Swahili. CLICK HERE for downloadable PDFs or call (585) 224-3125 to request free copies.
Gearing up for home renovation projects once the snow disappears? As of April 2010, federal law requires that anyone receiving compensation (this includes rent) for performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified in the new EPA Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule (RRP) and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
- If you believe you have observed non-compliance with the EPA’s Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule, fill out the Report of Suspected Violation(s) of the US EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule Requirements and FAX it to EPA Region 2 at (732) 321-6757. Please fill out the form as completely as possible. Work site addresses without specific Contractor information are more difficult to follow up on. If possible, please send proof of your complaint including photographs, video, and if possible, executed contracts that specify scope of work.