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Category Press Release
Publish Date 3/28/2024
Author Paul Cochrane
Title New Agreements to Address Lead Exposure Risks Announced by HUD, CDC and EPA
Introduction EMSL Analytical provides material, industrial hygiene and indoor environmental quality testing services, sampling supplies, test kits, monitoring instruments and personal protective equipment to identify and mitigate exposure to lead and other hazardous substances.

Cinnaminson, New Jersey, March 28, 2024

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced two complementary agreements in February to further their “whole of government” approach to strengthen the agencies’ shared work in ensuring that children are not exposed to human health risks from lead hazards.

According to the announcement:

Over 1 million children in the United States suffer from the irreversible impacts of lead poisoning, including reduced intelligence, behavioral and learning disabilities, and effects on many other body systems; new cases continue to be diagnosed every year. Lead-contaminated dust from chipped or peeling lead-based paint is one of the most common causes of elevated blood lead levels in children. Adults with exposure to lead can develop symptoms such as high blood pressure, memory loss and reduced motor skills. Infants and children are especially vulnerable to lead paint exposure because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults do, and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead. They can be exposed from multiple sources and may experience irreversible and life-long health effects.

“The agreements include two Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) that support commitments made in the Lead and Paint Action Plan, EPA’s Strategic Plan, HUD’s Strategic Plan, and HHS’s Strategic Plan,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “These all seek to reduce lead exposures which is good news as HUD warns there are still more than 34 million homes in the US that have lead paint somewhere in the building.”

Supporting these efforts to identify and mitigate exposure risks to lead and other hazardous substances are the scientists at EMSL Analytical. Their laboratories offer material, industrial hygiene and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) testing services. They also provide sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits, air monitoring instruments and personal protective equipment. These resources are available to families, landlords, property managers, environmental consultants and regulatory agencies.

To learn more about lead or other environmental, health and safety testing resources, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800)220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com. For access to IEQ test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.

 

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories with 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 including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.



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