Thursday, September 22, 2016

Zack Academy Partners with Suncoast Safety Council to Offer Lead Renovation Training, OSHA 10-Hour Courses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fort Lauderdale, FL (September 19, 2016) - Zack Academy (www.ZackAcademy.com), a leading provider of career-oriented training and certification courses, announced today that it will include courses offered by Suncoast Safety Council in its catalog of class listings.

Based in Clearwater, Florida, Suncoast Safety Council (SSC) offers safety and operation classes, such as OSHA 10-Hour General Industry and 30-Hour Construction, as well as Lead Renovator Certification classes. SSC's next Lead Renovator Certification Initial class, on October 18th, covers lead safety training and the required certification exam for contractors doing work in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities. Emphasis will be placed on teaching standards recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Suncoast Safety Council is a staple in the safety training community here in Florida. This partnership brings another exemplary trainer with a proven history and expands our safety training and lead renovation course offerings in Florida," said Zachary Rose, founder and CEO of Zack Academy.

Edward Maurer, Director, Occupational Safety and Health Programs at Suncoast Safety Council, commented, "Since 1968, Suncoast Safety Council worked to educate the community as a non-profit organization. We are committed to providing quality, comprehensive services and training in an effort to reduce injuries within our workplaces, homes and roadways. Joining the Zack Academy Network offers us the opportunity to extend our reach to more students and promote safer, more sustainable communities."

About Zack Academy: 
Zack Academy is a leading online marketplace for career-oriented training and certification courses, offering classes and seminars across the United States in areas including software and programming training; construction; contractor licensing and renewal; lead, asbestos and mold certification; LEED exam prep; stormwater and water management; solar training; cleaning/restoration/water damage; business practices; analytics; and more. Zack Academy provides a one-stop shop for career and certification training in partnership with hundreds of local training companies across the United States.

About Suncoast Safety Council:
Since 1968, Suncoast Safety Council has been working to educate and affect change as a not-for-profit organization. We are committed to providing quality comprehensive services and training in an effort to reduce injuries within our workplace, homes, and roadways. We continue to be guided daily by our mission to support healthier, safer and more sustainable communities. Suncoast Safety Council serves as a credible, reliable and comprehensive resource for safety information, education and awareness in all aspects – on the road, at home, at work and at play.

Release Contact:
Peter Sfraga
Marketing Manager
646-564-3792

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Georgia Lead RRP Rule Clarification



The Georgia Environmental Protection Division recently provided an update with important points of clarification on the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule and Lead Disclosure Rule. We have highlighted these issues below with the information provided by the state.

Q: Who determines lead testing in properties affected by RRP regulations?

A: The EPA Real Estate Disclosure Rule does not require testing for or removal of lead-based paint by sellers or landlords. Therefore, the Property Owner has the final word on if they want a Renovator to test for lead, since the results and any prior lead-based paint and lead-hazards knowledge must be disclosed if the owner decides to rent, lease or sell the home, and this affects the property value.

If the property owner of a pre-1978 home or child occupied facility declines testing for lead paint, however, it must be assumed that the property contains lead paint for the purpose of your renovation, and RRP guidelines and requirements must be followed. You cannot presume negative!

Property owners or sellers of target housing must also do the following:

1. Disclose all known lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards in the housing and any available reports on lead in the housing.

2. Provide buyers and tenants the EPA pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home (no matter whether lead is determined or not!)

3. Include certain warning language in the contract as well as signed statements from all parties verifying that all requirements were completed.

4. Retain signed acknowledgments for 3 years, as proof of compliance.

5. Give buyers a 10-day opportunity to test the housing for lead.


Q: Which parts of the RRP Rule apply when a Georgia Certified Inspector/Risk Assessor or Georgia Certified Renovator determines no lead-based paint is present in areas affected by renovation? 

A. In Georgia, contractors may use documented determination* to show that no lead paint is present if performed by a Georgia Certified Inspector/Risk Assessor or Georgia Certified Renovator to exempt RRP requirements, including training/certification, work practice standards, pre-notification education, and record-keeping requirements.

However, contractors should maintain copies of the determination for their records for at least 3 years in order to document exemption of the RRP Rule.

*Only a Georgia Certified Inspector or Risk Assessor working for a Georgia Certified Lead Firm, or a Georgia Certified Renovator working for a Georgia Certified Renovation Firm are qualified to make this determination.


Have additional questions on the RRP Rule, or want to become RRP certified? Call us at 646-564-3546. With the largest network of RRP trainers in the US, Zack Academy will help you get certified and in compliance in just a few easy steps.

Zack Academy Partners With The Contractor Coaching Partnership, Inc. To Offer Construction Supervisor License and Lead Renovator Courses in Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fort Lauderdale, FL (September 20, 2016) - Zack Academy (www.ZackAcademy.com), a leading provider of career-oriented training and certification courses, announced today that it will include courses offered by The Contractor Coaching Partnership, Inc. in its catalog of professional development courses.

Based in Sterling, Massachusetts, The Contractor Coaching Partnership, Inc offers high-quality classes to educate residential construction workers. The company has taught contractors in areas such as Lead RRP, Business and Management Training, Design/Build Sales Training, Lead Carpenter Production Training, Exterior Replacement Sales and System Training and Marketing for construction companies.

“This partnership with The Contractor Coaching Partnership, Inc. further expands our presence in Massachusetts with new Construction Supervisor License (CSL), Lead Renovator, and Energy Efficiency courses,” said Zachary Rose, Founder and CEO of Zack Academy. “The Contractor Coaching Partnership, Inc.’s Owner, Mark Paskell brings a wealth of industry knowledge and is a welcome addition to the Zack Academy Network.

About Zack Academy:
Zack Academy is a leading online marketplace for career-oriented training and certification courses, offering classes and seminars across the United States in areas including software and programming training; construction; contractor licensing and renewal; lead, asbestos and mold certification; LEED exam prep; stormwater and water management; solar training; cleaning/restoration/water damage; business practices; analytics; and more. Zack Academy provides a one-stop shop for career and certification training in partnership with hundreds of local training companies across the United States.

About The Contractor Coaching Partnership, Inc.:
The Contractor Coaching Partnership, Inc was founded to educate and train the contractor servicing the residential homeowner market. It provides coaching services and business training that helps contractors develop and implement systems to train themselves and their employees. It uses established best practices in the residential construction industry to help them become more profitable and successful.

Release Contact:
Peter Sfraga
Marketing Manager
646-564-3792

Monday, September 19, 2016

EPA Inspection Reveals Violations of RRP Rule by Renovators at the Kansas City Power & Light Building

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - (Lenexa, Kan., Sept. 12, 2016) - EPA Region 7 conducted a random inspection for lead-based paint renovation work practices at the Kansas City Power & Light building in Kansas City, Mo., in June 2015, which revealed violations of the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule. As a part of a settlement, Jim Plunkett, Inc., of Kansas City, Mo., has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $4,690 and B&R Insulation of Lenexa, Kan., has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $7,900.

According to an administrative consent agreement and final order filed by EPA Region 7 in Lenexa, Kan., the inspection revealed that Jim Plunkett, Inc., and B&R Insulation, Inc., failed to provide the Renovate Right pamphlet to the owner; failed to retain records for three years; failed to post signs that clearly define the work area; failed to remove all objects from the work area, or cover them with plastic sheeting or other impermeable materials with all seams and edges taped or otherwise sealed; failed to close all doors and windows within the work area; and failed to mist the sheeting before folding it, fold the dirty side inward, and either tape shut or seal in heavy-duty bags. B&R Insulation also failed to apply for and obtain EPA certification prior to commencing the renovation.

The companies performed window replacement of approximately 850 windows in the Kansas City Power & Light building in downtown Kansas City, Mo. The structure is a commercial building built in the 1930s which is being converted into more than 200 residential apartments.

The RRP Rule requires that contractors who work on pre-1978 dwellings and child-occupied facilities are trained and certified to use lead-safe work practices. This ensures that common renovation and repair activities like sanding, cutting and replacing windows minimize the creation and dispersion of dangerous lead dust. EPA finalized the RRP Rule in 2008 and the rule took effect on April 22, 2010.

This enforcement action addresses RRP Rule violations that could result in harm to human health. Lead exposure can cause a range of adverse health effects, from behavioral disorders and learning disabilities to seizures and death, putting young children at the greatest risk because their nervous systems are still developing. Today at least 4 million households have children that are being exposed to high levels of lead. There are approximately half a million U.S. children ages 1-5 with blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the reference level at which the Centers for Disease Control recommends public health actions be initiated.

Contact Information: 
Ben Washburn (washburn.ben@epa.gov)
913-551-7364

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Zack Academy Partners With CRS Inspector University To Offer IICRC Certification Courses Nationwide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fort Lauderdale, FL (September 14, 2016)
- Zack Academy (www.ZackAcademy.com), a leading provider of career-oriented training and certification courses, announced today that it will include courses offered by CRS Inspector University in its catalog of class listings.

Based in Portland, Oregon, CRS Inspector University offers IICRC certified training for inspection, cleaning and restoration services throughout the United States. CRS Inspector University’s next IICRC Senior Carpet Inspector course, from October 10th through 14th in Buena Park, California, focuses on preparing carpet inspectors for certification. This course begins with an introduction to floor covering inspection, explaining basic investigation procedures that apply to all floor coverings. Some basic knowledge of fibers, yarn construction, carpet construction and installation is assumed and the course emphasis is on field testing, lab testing, inspection techniques, advanced construction, installation and maintenance issues as well as report writing, warranty interpretation, color issues, photography, sample collection, and practice and tours of related facilities.

“Over the last six months we have partnered with many new IICRC trainers throughout the United States. Lead by industry veteran John Carter, CRS Inspector University brings another exemplary trainer and helps us to offer advanced IICRC courses, such as the Senior Carpet Inspector training,” said Zachary Rose, Founder and CEO of Zack Academy.

John Carter, instructor at CRS Inspector University commented, “As a longstanding member of the cleaning and restoration community, my goal is to properly train and certify IICRC professionals across the United States. Joining the Zack Academy Network offers CRS Inspector University the opportunity to reach and successfully equip more students.”

About Zack Academy:
Zack Academy is a leading online marketplace for career-oriented training and certification courses, offering classes and seminars across the United States in areas including software and programming training; construction; contractor licensing and renewal; lead, asbestos and mold certification; LEED exam prep; stormwater and water management; solar training; cleaning/restoration/water damage; business practices; analytics; and more. Zack Academy provides a one-stop shop for career and certification training in partnership with hundreds of local training companies across the United States.

About CRS Inspector University:
CRS Inspector University is on the cutting edge of the instructional revolution in its industry and utilizes the highest quality instructional aids to provide each student with the best possible classroom learning environment. CRS provides its students with the benefit of seeing all types of mill defects, installation errors, and end-user related problems before even starting out on their new career. CRS training courses are approved by the IICRC, and they adhere to the strict quality standards required by that organization.

Release Contact:Peter Sfraga
Marketing Manager
646-564-3792

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Zack Academy Partners With Environmental Consultants and Affiliates Network, LLC To Offer Mold and Lead Paint Safety Training

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fort Lauderdale, FL (September 13, 2016) - Zack Academy (www.ZackAcademy.com), a leading provider of career-oriented training and certification courses, announced today that it will include courses offered by Environmental Consultants and Affiliates Network, LLC in its catalog of class listings.

Environmental Consultants and Affiliates Network, LLC (ECAN) will offer Lead Renovator Initial and Lead Renovator Refresher; Certified Mold Assessment & Remediation Specialist and Technician; Mold Protocol Writing; Radon Measurement; Phase 1 Site Assessment and more courses across the United States. ECAN’s next Lead Renovator Refresher courses will be held on September 19th in Alliance, Ohio in both morning and afternoon sessions.

“We are very proud to partner with Environmental Consultants and Affiliates Network, LLC and add their expertise to the Zack Academy Network,” said Zachary Rose, Founder and CEO of Zack Academy. “ECAN’s nationwide courses allow us to better reach students and offer more training opportunities for construction and environmental professionals.”

Dale Waugh, Project Manager at Environmental Consultants and Affiliates Network, LLC commented, “We formed ECAN in 2015 to provide industry professionals with a network enabling the members career progression through quality training and education. While our first year has been met with great success, this opportunity to join the Zack Academy Network will even further bolster our brand with environmental and industry professionals.”

About Zack Academy:
Zack Academy is a leading online marketplace for career-oriented training and certification courses, offering classes and seminars across the United States in areas including software and programming training; construction; contractor licensing and renewal; lead, asbestos and mold certification; LEED exam prep; stormwater and water management; solar training; cleaning/restoration/water damage; business practices; analytics; and more. Zack Academy provides a one-stop shop for career and certification training in partnership with hundreds of local training companies across the United States.

About Environmental Consultants and Affiliates Network, LLC:
Environmental Consultants and Affiliates Network, LLC was formed in 2015 to fill a national educational void in the environmental training industry. ECAN, LLC is a professional network focused on membership networking and educational training for Home Inspection Professionals, Environmental Professionals and Contractors.

Release Contact:Peter Sfraga
Marketing Manager
646-564-3792

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Zack Academy Partners With Action Consulting & Environmental Services To Offer IICRC Certification Courses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fort Lauderdale, FL (September 7, 2016) - Zack Academy (www.ZackAcademy.com), a leading provider of career-oriented training and certification courses, announced today that it will include courses offered by Action Consulting & Environmental Services in its catalog of class listings.

Based in Palm Coast, Florida, with courses nationwide, Action Consulting & Environmental Services (ACE) offers IICRC Certification classes, such as Applied Microbial Remediation Training (AMRT) and Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT). ACE’s next Applied Microbial Remediation Training (AMRT) course, starting October 3rd, covers mold and sewage remediation techniques to individuals engaged in property management, property restoration, IEQ (Indoor Environmental Quality) investigations or other related professions. Emphasis will be placed on teaching mold and sewage remediation techniques to individuals who will perform these procedures in the field.

“Over the last two months we have partnered with many new IICRC trainers nationwide, including, RITcon Training, JBS Consultants Inc., Mitigation Training Academy, and Aspire Educational Institute. Lead by industry veteran Holly Douglas, ACE is a staple in the environmental services community, with expertise in water damage, mold, fire & smoke contamination and more. We are excited to have ACE join the Zack Academy Network,” said Zachary Rose, Founder and CEO of Zack Academy.

Holly Douglas, Owner of Action Consulting & Environmental Services commented, “As a longstanding member of the environmental services community, my goal is to properly train and certify IICRC professionals throughout the United States. Joining the Zack Academy Network offers us the opportunity to extend our to reach more students and promote responsible cleaning and restoration practices nationwide.”

About Zack Academy:
Zack Academy is a leading online marketplace for career-oriented training and certification courses, offering classes and seminars across the United States in areas including software and programming training; construction; contractor licensing and renewal; lead, asbestos and mold certification; LEED exam prep; stormwater and water management; solar training; cleaning/restoration/water damage; business practices; analytics; and more. Zack Academy provides a one-stop shop for career and certification training in partnership with hundreds of local training companies across the United States.

About Action Consulting & Environmental Services:
Action Consulting & Environmental Services (ACE) offers the community, insurance industry, government institutions and commercial facilities reliable and affordable environmental consultation, assessments, mold remediation recommendations/protocol and analytical reports. ACE also provides clients with remarkable customer service including complete consultation of report assessments and laboratory results. ACE also promotes education for healthy indoor air quality.

Release Contact:Peter Sfraga
Marketing Manager
646-564-3792

Thursday, September 1, 2016

HUD Proposes Lower Threshold for Child Blood Lead Levels

For Immediate Release from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):

In an effort to immediately help young children with elevated blood lead levels living in federally assisted housing, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is proposing to lower the Department’s threshold of lead in the child’s blood to match the one used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HUD’s proposed new reference level for lead in a young child’s blood would be lowered from 20 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood (µg/dL) to five, and continue to be aligned with CDC recommendations in the future. Read HUD’s proposed rule.

This important change to HUD’s 17-year-old Lead Safe Housing Rule will allow for an earlier response when a child under six years old is exposed to lead-based paint hazards in their HUD-assisted homes. HUD Secretary Julián Castro made the announcement today with Sen. Jack Reed while inspecting a home where HUD helped to clean up the lead paint hazards.

“There is no amount of lead in a child’s blood that can be considered safe,” said HUD Secretary Castro. “We have an obligation to the families we serve to protect their children. By aligning our standard with the one used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we can act more quickly and make certain the homes we support are as safe as possible. This proposed rule is the centerpiece of HUD’s intensified efforts to protect our next generation from debilitating lead poisoning.”

“Lead poisoning prevents kids from reaching their full potential, and it costs the public millions of dollars each year. Secretary Castro has emphasized community engagement, and I am pleased he is here in Rhode Island to meet with local leaders to address this threat and to highlight new tools and initiatives to prevent childhood lead poisoning,” said Senator Reed, a Congressional champion for eliminating lead-based paint hazards and the Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee. “Secretary Castro has been a true leader in advocating for children and families in need and has renewed HUD’s focus on the prevention of childhood lead poisoning. The steps we are announcing today are immediate, cost-effective measures that will change the lives of children living in low-income housing. It is important that we continue to work together, across the housing, education, and public health sectors, to continue to address childhood lead poisoning.”

HUD-assisted housing has fewer lead-based paint hazards than unassisted low- and middle-income homes. Still, some young children living in HUD-assisted properties have blood lead levels higher than CDC’s threshold. By lowering HUD’s reference level to conform to CDC’s, the Department will be able to intervene more quickly to stop the negative impact lead can have on the lives of children.

When a child under the age of six resides in HUD-assisted housing and experiences elevated blood levels, the housing provider would be required to report the case to HUD so the Department can launch an immediate environmental investigation. If it is determined that lead-based paint or lead-contaminated soil is the cause of the child’s exposure, the housing provider must clean up those hazards.

This proposed rule will potentially cover an estimated 2.9 million HUD-assisted housing units built before 1978, the year lead-based paint was banned for residential use. Of these homes, approximately 490,000 are estimated to have children under six residing in them, and 128,000 of those are estimated to contain lead-based paint.

HUD has a long history of working to ensure lead-safe housing, which fits into the broader federal response to address lead hazards found in paint, dust and soil, and other sources like water and consumer goods. For 25 years, HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes has worked to improve methods to identify and address home-related health and safety hazards, including lead. Since 1993, HUD has awarded more than $1.58 billion in grants to communities for identification and control of lead-based paint hazards in over 190,000 low-income privately owned housing units. In addition, HUD continues to support research on best practices for identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards, and conduct an outreach program to get out the message.

HUD’s key federal partners share an extensive history of work to prevent children’s lead exposure. The CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program has developed programs and policies to prevent childhood lead poisoning and provided funding to state and local health departments to determine the extent of childhood lead poisoning. The Environmental Protection Agency’s lead-based paint program has increased the quality of training of lead inspectors, renovation professionals and abatement firms who work on older homes.

The effects of lead poisoning are irreversible. Even at low levels, lead exposure can have long-term effects on a young child’s ability to learn and lead a productive life. In addition to today’s announcement, HUD recently announced The Lead-Safe Homes, Lead-Free Kids Toolkit, a set of guidelines and recommendations for ensuring HUD housing is lead-safe, and the Healthy Homes App, which provides consumers with information about potentially serious health and safety problems in the home, and the steps they can take to protect themselves.

This proposed rule will be open for public comment for the next 60 days. Interested persons may submit comments electronically at www.regulations.gov. Comments may also be submitted by mail to the Regulations Divisions, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Room 10276, Washington, DC 20410.


HUD No. 16-129
Shantae Goodloe
202-708-0685
http://www.hud.gov/news/index.cfm

New D.C. Mold Assessment and Remediation Rules

In nature, mold plays an important role in the life cycle by digesting waste. In homes, mold can digest building materials and cause health problems in inhabitants. Often taking hold of residences after a leak or flood, mold can add thousands of dollars in damages- turning a bad situation into a total disaster.

Due to these dangers of mold, the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) recently announced new regulations for those wishing to perform mold assessment and remediation work. Mold workers, contractors and landlords should be cognizant of the new requirements; violators can incur penalties upwards of $3,000.

For those who already hold mold licensure, the DOEE announced requirements before the assessment and remediation work may begin. They include:
  • Licensees must disclose any potential conflict of interest to any party affected by such conflicts
  • Licensees must specify containment protocol when the affected surface area is greater than ten square feet
Updates on the protocols for when an assessment or remediation is underway include:
  • Licensees must submit assessment verification reports to client and the remediation professional within 10 days of assessment
  • Licensees may not supervise more than 10 workers at one time

Not licensed yet? Here are the requirements for getting your Mold License in DC: 
  • Applicants must have taken a DOEE-approved examination within the previous 2 years. Exams are offered with the following courses:
  • Individuals must apply to the DOEE
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old
  • Applicants must meet one of the following education and experience requirements:
    • at least a two-year associate's degree or equivalent, with at least 30 semester hours in microbiology, engineering, architecture, industrial hygiene, or a related field from an accredited institution and one year of documented relevant field experience
    • a certified industrial hygienist, professional engineer, professional sanitarian, certified safety professional or registered architect with at six months of relevant field experience
    • a high school diploma and three years of relevant field experience
Further information on licensing requirements and the application process is available on the DOEE's mold licensing homepage.


For landlords or property owners without licenses, the limits of what they are legally allowed to do for tenants is also outlined in the new regulations. Some changes include:
  • a license is required to perform assessment on areas greater than ten square feet
  • a license is required when collecting samples for mold analysis
  • a license is required for preparing mold remediation solutions for dwelling units not occupied by the individual

The entire document is worth reading for those interested in mold remediation and assessment in the DC area, and is available to read for free on the DC Department of Energy and Environment website.

Despite the new regulations on mold assessment and remediation in the D.C. area, earning licensure is still a great idea for individuals such as property owners.

Environmental and Health Organizations Push EPA to Update Lead-based Paint Standards

Seven national environmental organizations are suing the EPA for not
updating their lead safety standards; lead poisoning disproportionately affects
young children, often with irreversible and severe health complications.


Last week, a cooperative effort of seven national environmental and health organizations moved forward in legal proceedings against the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Their lawsuit alleges that the EPA failed to fix outdated and inaccurate lead standards, which put families at risk of exposure to toxic lead-based paint and lead dust.  

The lawsuit asserts that it's been seven years since the EPA assented to a 2009 petition for stricter lead safety standards in residential areas and public facilities--but the EPA hasn't made any changes. As a result, the coalition of environmental groups call upon the U.S. Court of Appeals to force the EPA to propose an updated standard within 90 days, and to finalize that standard within six months. The filing notes that courts have strong-armed government agencies into action on other matters involving public health risks.

"These organizations want people to know that lead exposure is irreversibly damaging to people's heath in communities all over the country and they want EPA to do its job to protect children from harm," Hannah Chang, attorney on behalf of the groups, said in a recent Earthjustice article.

Lead poisoning has many detrimental effects. In adults, small amounts of lead exposure can cause high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and reproductive disease. In children, whose brains and nervous systems are rapidly developing, lead can cause irreversible mental impairment, intellectual disability, hearing loss, kidney damage, attention deficit disorder and behavioral issues.

The lawsuit comes after lead crises in MichiganMaryland and Indiana made the news and revealed thousands of victims of lead poisoning--most of them children. Although lead-based paint was outlawed in the late 1970s, many old homes and public facilities such as daycare centers and schools still contain substantial amounts of lead-based paint. Often times, residue contaminates surrounding soil and pipes; consequently, infants and young children exploring their surroundings will inhale or ingest paint chips or toxic lead dust. Years of exposure to toxic lead residue during formative years can have irreversible effects on children.


"Revising the dust standards is a critical step in primary prevention and will tackle this problem efficiently," Linda Kite, Executive Director of the Healthy Homes Collaborative, said in a recent Earthjustice article.

The EPA's current lead standards don't take human health risks into account. The EPA's own Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee advised the agency that its lead standards were "insufficiently protective of children's health." 

The impact of the EPA's insufficient safety standards is immense. The EPA standards are followed by school boards, health organizations, city and state government agencies and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.


The outcome of the lawsuit is still developing, however, the environmental groups are hopeful of a swift change. At the very least the groups hope the lawsuit will bring attention to the dire situation.

"Our children have no chance against lead poisoning if we keep these dangers hidden," Zakia Rafiqa Shabazz, founder of United Parents Against Lead, said in a press release.