Better safe than sorry!
One of the most poisonous substances we
can touch or breathe every day is lead. It is one of the big three with
tobacco and asbestos. Development disabilities, nervous disorders,
digestion problems, joint pain - you can learn to recognize the symptoms
of lead poisoning by visiting the Illinois Department of Public Health,
Illinois Lead Program,
http://www.idph.state.il.us/ or 217-782-3517.
We are fortunate that regulations have
required the removal of lead from gas, insecticides, toys, stained
glass, paint, plumbing, caulk, and other building materials on the
market day. However, lead still can be released in a concentrated dust
form when doing renovation, repair, and painting in buildings
constructed before 1978.
Congress passed the Toxic Substances
Control Act, which authorized the Environmental Protection Agency to do
public education and set safety standards. Contractors are now required
by EPA to become certified by completing a training course on methods
for containing lead-borne dust and debris, and use of the proper tools
and techniques when scraping, sanding, heat stripping, sawing and
The Village is not mandated to enforce
the new EPA rules, but they are still very important in preventing
lead-related illnesses. There are certain exemptions depending on who
will be doing the work, the size of the project, and the type of
building. It is also possible for a certified inspector to determine if
the building is lead free. However, if you’re hiring a contractor to
work on buildings built before 1978, you will want them to be EPA
certified. There are many excellent resources available from
www.idph.state.il.us or 217-782-3517.