Lead Program

Lead_example.jpgLead poisoning is a risk for everyone, but children under the age of six are at the highest risk because they often put their hands in their mouths, a common way to ingest lead. In a child, the lead interferes with brain development and can damage the kidneys, liver, and red blood cells.Lead Detector Lead poisoning can cause slowed development, learning or behavior problems, lower IQ, hearing loss and restlessness. When a child's pediatrician detects an elevated blood lead level (equal to or over 5 micrograms lead per deciliter of blood), the Rockland County Health Department is notified and a case is opened. RCI is alerted and conducts an on-site investigation which includes a family interview and a home inspection, including a survey with its new X-ray fluorescence lead detector. RCI inspectors have detected lead in paint, pottery and metal figurines. Other common sources of lead include certain children's toys, makeup and imported spices.

Detecting and eliminating lead exposure is critical to the family's health, and RCI inspectors work with homeowners and tenants to create a safe, healthy environment.