Lead exposure in young children can cause reduced IQ and attention span, impaired growth, reading and learning disabilities, hearing loss, and a range of other health and behavioral effects. Most exposures occur in homes or daycares where lead-based paint has deteriorated because of deferred maintenance or where lead hazards have been created through painting or renovation done without using lead-safe work practices.
Prevention of lead poisoning can be accomplished by eliminating lead-based paint hazards before children are exposed. Wisconsin's goal is to eliminate this disease by working to make Wisconsin's housing lead-safe, and by improving the detection and treatment of lead poisoning in children.
Wisconsin's Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule
Under these rules, lead-safe renovator certification and company certification will be required beginning April 22, 2010. Click here to learn more about Wisconsin's Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule, including downloadable guidance documents.
Free Informational Sessions on the Rule
Informational sessions on the Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule for contractors, trades, painters, rental property owners and the general public will be held throughout the state in January, February and March. These sessions are free and no advanced registration is required. For a schedule of these sessions, including dates, times, and locations, click here.
The Renovate Right toolkit contains sample press releases, talking points, ideas for outreach and more, tailored to this year's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week theme, "Be Proactive, Not Reactive -- Renovate Right!"
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