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THIS WEEK: 25-31 October, 2016

2016, October: International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action (to Protect YOUR Children)

BE AWARE!  IF YOUR HOME PRE-DATES 1992 you should expect to come across surfaces previously coated with lead-based paint, but lead can also be found in brand new paintwork. The older the building, the greater the amount of lead in paint there is likely to be.

BEWARE LEAD’s Ad-VERSE EFFECTS:

Lead Paint Dust and Kids DON'T GO!!
A thing all Mums and Dads should know

It's microscopic, has no 'nose'
Once on the hands straight in it goes

The essence of our firm suggestion:
YOU MUST AVOID ALL LEAD INGESTION

Advice to teachers everywhere:
There's lots around, so please take care

If you find Lead Dust in schools
It's likely they've been breaking rules

Not knowingly, perhaps, it's true
So here's the thing you need to do

You need to go and check the law
To learn the things required by "CLAW"

"Control of Lead at Work" that is
 A matter that is all our biz

Protect yourselves and others, too
Inform, advise and follow through

 

Lead Paint Dust and Kids DON'T MIX
It causes harm you'll NEVER FIX!

Lead-safe working's what you need
For health and safety guaranteed

Assess your lead before you start
That's lead in blood, pumped through the heart

Then monitor your work exposure,
Maintain your body's health composure

Do all your work in isolation
And minimise contamination

Low heat, no flames no dry abrasion
No toxic fumes for inhalation

No dust, work wet and HEPA vac
Will stop the stuff from coming back

Wash hands and face, don't smoke, eat clean
And change your clothes in quarantine

Lead paint abounds in homes and schools
You must comply.  It's in the rules!!


Approximately 80% of the lead ingested by children, in the form of dust (and paint chips), is the result of normal play and hand-to-mouth activity.  The same applies to adults in non-work settings, such as in the home.
 
There are a number of things you can do right now to minimise children's (and your) lead exposure risk:
 
1)   Remove, or keep away from, the source of exposure.  As a
      temporary measure apply a coat of clear varnish to seal in any
      dust on damaged surfaces.  
 
2)   Regularly use a HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaner on all horizontal
      surfaces.  This includes all flooring, carpets, upholstery and
      anywhere else that dust can collect.  Now you have a use for all
      those vacuum attachments!
 
3)   Regularly use a wet mop/cloth, with a solution of tri-phosphate-
      containing* dishwasher detergent, to wipe down hard surfaces such
      as floors, countertops and windowsills.
 
4)   ALWAYS wash your face and hands before eating, drinking or
      smoking.
 
5)   Understand the problem and your options for Testing for Lead in
      Paint, Dust and Blood.

Testing for Lead

Check the tri-phosphate content of your dishwasher detergent

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