Run by

The LEAD Group Inc
The Lead Education and Abatement Design Group
Working to eliminate lead poisoning globally and to protect the
environment from lead in all its uses: past, current and new uses
ABN 25 819 463 114
Australians! Take action
today. Is lead harming
you & your kids? Buy low
cost, NATA accredited
laboratory lead test kits
here. Sample your dust,
soil, water, paint, toys,
jewellery, ceramics
what's new 

Water Lead test Kits

Proceeds from our DIY Home Lead Assessment kit sales go towards the
Keeping Australian Lead Out of Leaded Petrol Initiative.

Search this site
 
Search tips 
What's New

About Us
bell system lead poisoning
Contact Us
Council Lead Project
egroups
Library-Fact Sheets
Home Page
Media Releases
Newsletters
Q&A
Referral Lists
Reports
Site Map
Slide Shows-Films
Subscribe-Donate
Useful Links

Visitor Number

  QUESTION: Minimising exposure and how to manage house and garden lead levels, 01 Aug 2006, Western Australia

Hello

I have just come across your website and found much information of use to me. My family (including 3 children under 10 years) live in an urban area adjacent to a large tract of industrial land which is now being "remediated" for urban development. Former uses include a lead smelter. Heavy metal concentrations in the soils are high for a number of metals, most alarming of these being lead. Over the past 2 years our community has been heavily involved in trying to get the developer and our state government to ensure the clean-up is done as safely as possible.

The clean-up has just started and many families with young children have already moved out of the area. For some this is not an option. Although we have been assured that the cleanup will be done safely I am concerned with minimising our exposure, should dust fallout and lead contamination occur.

I read on your website about free community workshops and want to know if this would be an option in Perth. Specifically I would like to know more about minimising exposure and how to manage house and garden lead levels and how to monitor lead levels in our own homes.
I would appreciate your reply on these matters

Your sincerely
Rebecca Prince-Ruiz

 
ANSWER: 01 Aug 2006

Dear Rebecca,

I am sorry to say that the time that we had 7 paid staff and the ability to offer free community workshops is long gone and we do all our work now by internet and phone (with one waged position and lots of volunteers) and the occasional speech at a conference (most recently in South Australia and the Northern Territory).

I think you will find that the very first factsheet I ever wrote is still the most useful to answer your questions - please see "7 point plan for the MANAGEMENT OF LEAD by Australian parents and carers"

The best form of monitoring is blood lead testing of the most at-risk child in the house - especially before the work begins to get a baseline. We have also just last month created an egroup for parents of lead poisoned children so you are very welcome to join that and you'll be amazed how helpful other parents can be. Please join at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/LeadedKids/

Please let me know if you'd like any specific questions answered.

Regards
Yours Sincerely
Elizabeth O'Brien

About Us | bell system lead poisoning | Contact Us | Council LEAD Project | egroups | Library - Fact Sheets | Home Page | Media Releases
Newsletters
| Q & A | Referral lists | Reports | Site Map | Slide Shows - Films | Subscription | Useful Links |  Search this Site
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer
Last Updated 10 September 2012
Copyright The LEAD Group Inc. 1991- 2012
PO Box 161 Summer Hill NSW 2130 Australia
Phone: +61 2 9716 0014