UPDATE: State agencies announce plan to help school districts and child care centers reduce lead in drinking water
Lead Poisoning in Oregon
Lead poisoning is a significant health concern. Laws and regulations are in place to help protect people from being poisoned; however, lead poisoning still threatens many Oregonians, especially children.
Although leaded paint and gasoline are no longer used in the United States, many children are still exposed to dangerous amounts of lead.
- Lead paint dust is the most common way people are exposed. Lead paint is common inside and outside homes built before 1978.
- Ordinary household repair and maintenance activities stir up dust. It's important to use lead-safe work practices or use a licensed lead-safe contractor for remodeling or repairs if your home was built before 1978.
- People can also get lead in their bodies by eating foods contaminated by lead from the soil or paint chips, or from children's toys or jewelry that contain lead.