Cinnaminson, NJ, August 21, 2017
Recently, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) published a working paper that has shed new light on the impact lead exposure has on children. Economists discovered causal evidence between the preschool blood lead levels of over 100,000 children and later school suspensions and juvenile detentions. Researched indicated, higher blood lead levels increased a child’s likelihood of future disciplinary problems.
Lead poisoning was one of the earliest studied and known environmental and occupational hazards. Today, it is widely understood that lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body. Although people of all ages can be at risk of exposure, children are especially vulnerable.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that no safe blood lead level in children has been identified. At least 4 million households in the United States have children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead.
“For many children, the most likely source of lead exposure can be found in their own homes due to the past use of lead-based paints,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that if a home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint.”
Deteriorating lead-based paint is a hazard and needs immediate attention as it can often contaminate household dust. To protect children and the public from lead hazards, EMSL offers comprehensive lead and heavy metal testing services, sampling supplies and test kits. EMSL has even sponsored an educational video about lead in people’s homes that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/bJQR9jNBnp8.
To learn more about lead or other environmental, health and safety testing services, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com. To access indoor environmental quality test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is one of the leading testing laboratories with 40 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOCs, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of sampling equipment and investigative products for environmental professionals.