Environmental Health Services has three lead risk assessors licensed through the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) whose purpose are to educate the public on the hazards that lead poses, to recognize and evaluate those hazards, and to educate homeowners on lead safe work practices.
Contrary to public belief, lead poisoning is still prevalent throughout the United States and still constitutes a major public health risk, particularly to children six years old and under. In Elkhart County there have been an estimated 270 children documented with elevated blood lead levels since 1994. It is important to remember that damage caused by lead poisoning is NOT reversible.
Symptoms of lead poisoning in children include, but are not limited to:
At high levels, lead poisoning may cause:
Sources of lead include, but are not limited to:
Numerous other items such as painted toys, batteries and imported items such as imported candies, ceramics glazed with lead to be used for cooking, folk remedies, and cosmetics.
Many items have been recalled that contained lead including certain mini blinds, popsicle molds, candles, jewelry, chalk, crayons, and lunchboxes. For more recall information go to cpsc.gov or recalls.gov.
If you answered yes to any of those questions you should have your child tested for lead at your doctor, the local health clinic, or call the Elkhart County Health Department's Community Health Nursing Division at 574-523-2127.
Do the work yourself:
There are several brochures that describe lead hazard reduction activities and the precautions that should be taken when conducting such activities. These brochures are:
These brochures are also available at the HUD website below. These forms are not copyrighted so they may be copied and distributed freely.
Selling or Renting a Home:
The Federal Residential Lead-based Paint Hazard Reduction Act (42 U.S.C. 4852d) known as EPA Title X requires sellers and landlords of most residential housing built before 1978 to disclose all available records and reports concerning lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards, including the enclosed report and EPA's "Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home" brochure in English or Spanish, to purchasers and tenants at the time of sale or lease or upon lease renewal. This disclosure must occur even if hazard reduction or abatement activities have been completed. Failure to disclose these test results is a violation of Federal regulations (24 CFR Part 35 and 40 CFR Part 745) and can result in fines and penalties. Other pertinent documents include:
To find out more information about obligations under Federal lead-based paint requirements, call the National lead Information Clearinghouse (NLIC) at 800-424-LEAD or visit HUD.gov. You may also call the EPA at 202-566-0500 or visit EPA's lead page.
For additional information you may contact us at the Environmental Health office at (574) 971-4600.
4230 Elkhart Road
Elkhart, IN 46516