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Many Children Still at Risk of Lead Poisoning

EMSL Analytical sponsors educational video about lead poisoning and offers environmental testing services to help prevent exposure to this toxic material.


Cinnaminson, NJ, February 4th, 2014
Even with all we know about lead poisoning, there are at least 4 million households that have children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead.  This figure comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who also report that there are approximately half a million U.S. children ages 1-5 with blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the reference level at which the agency recommends public health actions be initiated.
Lead poisoning is entirely preventable and children under the age of 6 years old are at high risk because they are growing so rapidly and because they tend to put their hands or other objects, which may be contaminated with lead dust, into their mouths.  The CDC has provided tips to prevent exposure to lead that include the following:

  • Make sure children do not have access to peeling paint or chewable surfaces painted with lead-based paint.
  • Children and pregnant women should not be present in homes built before 1978 that are undergoing renovations.
  • Create barriers between living and play areas from any lead sources until the hazard has been resolved.
  • Regularly wash children’s hands and toys because they can become contaminated from household dust or exterior soil. Both are known lead sources.
  • Regularly wet-mop floors and wet-wipe window components.
  • Take off shoes when entering a house to prevent bringing lead-contaminated soil in from outside.
  • Prevent children from playing in bare soil where lead hazards may exist.

“The goal is to prevent lead exposure before children are harmed, so one of the most important things is to discover whether there is any lead-based paint or other sources of lead where a child lives, plays or visits often,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc.  “If a home was built before 1978, it may contain lead-based paint.  The deterioration of this paint, or when it is disturbed, often causes problems.  In addition to comprehensive lead testing services to identify this hazard, EMSL also provides field test kits that provide rapid results when testing for lead-based paints.”
EMSL has sponsored an educational video about protecting children from lead poisoning that can be seen at:
To learn more about lead or other environmental testing services, please visit, call (800)220-3675 or email .
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ) and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public.  The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies. 


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