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Preventing Exposure to Lead in Schools (K-12) and Child Care
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Lead poisoning is one of the leading environmental diseases affecting young children. Lead poisoning can cause permanent brain damage, reduced IQ, learning disabilities, and behavior problems.

Reducing or preventing exposure to environmental hazards in schools and child care is important since children spend a significant portion of their day in those facilities and are more vulnerable to the effects of environmental exposures.

The most prevalent lead hazards in schools and child care are lead-based paint, lead dust and contaminated soil. Renovation, repair and maintenance of older schools, If not performed correctly, can create hazardous lead dust and debris by disturbing lead-based paint.

As a school and child care administrator, you can take steps to ensure the safety and well-being of the children in your care.

lead paint hazard
Tips regarding how to recognize hazards posed by lead paint.
Kids playing
Information about the adverse health effects from exposure to lead.
kids in school
Information about how to maintain a lead-safe school and child care facility.
legal library
A list of lead paint laws and rules related to schools and child care facilities. Includes tips about how to comply with regulations.
Understanding the renovation, repair and painting rules that impact your child care or school setting.
teacher reviewing resources
Information about how to prevent students from being exposed to lead paint.
image of child playing on school playground equipment
Information about the common sources of exposure to lead in schools and child care facilities.
See Also
NEW! Make Sure You and Your Contractor is Lead-Safe Certified
A new brochure from EPA for building Managers with tips on choosing the right contractor and becoming Lead-Safe Certified.
Certified Businesses and Individuals
These are businesses and individuals who are certified to conduct lead-based paint inspections, risk assessments and abatement work in Oregon.
Educational Materials
Oregon Health Authority's educational materials and resources page.
EPA's Healthy School Environment Resources
Information on assessments, hazards, training, lead in drinking water, safety in arts education and production, and indoor air quality.
Steps to LEAD SAFE Renovation, Repair and Painting
Learn the facts about lead-based paint and the new Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.