Lead Poisoning Prevention
Lead Safe Orange
The Community Health Outreach Division monitors the results of mandatory testing for childhood lead poisoning, provides case management for lead poisoned children, and works with other agencies to remediate lead hazards that can cause lead poisoning. These efforts are collectively referred to as “Lead Safe Orange,” and include the Lead Poisoning Prevention, Healthy Neighborhoods and the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention programs.
Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
This program tracks the results of lead testing for children 6 months to 6 years of age throughout Orange County. Staff provides outreach through home visits, health fairs and other venues to identify children who need lead testing. Case management is provided for lead-poisoned children and pregnant women, which includes home visits to provide lead poisoning education, lead inspections to identify lead hazards and reduce exposure and to encourage medical follow-ups.
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
As areas with high rates of residential lead hazards and a high risk of childhood lead poisoning are targeted through the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) for more intensive lead inspection and remediation efforts. This program identifies housing at greatest risk of lead-paint hazards, especially in the cities of Newburgh, Middletown and Port Jervis and takes action to make them lead safe through lead paint inspection and enforcement. In addition, CLPPP offers free training on lead awareness, lead-safe work practices and the EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule to contractors, property owners, childcare providers, parents, residents, and landlords. The program conducts assessments of housing (HNP) and refers properties to the Public Health Sanitarian for follow up.
Healthy Neighborhoods Program
The Healthy Neighborhoods program targets areas of high environmental health risk in the cities of Newburgh and Middletown. Staff assists residents in identifying, and education on controlling, lead hazards (as well as other health risks). View the Healthy Neighborhoods Program page for additional information on this program.
For more information on lead poisoning prevention and remediation, call 845-360-6680.