Editor’s Note: This post was written by Toxic-Free Future’s Science Intern Colin Hartke. Colin, along with three other interns Erik Hanley, Sara Petruska, and Jane Nguyen, worked on Toxic-Free Future’s Lead Awareness Project to identify community partners and study participants, as well as assist participants to reduce sources of lead in their homes.
A job posting from Toxic-Free Future immediately caught my attention and piqued my interest. The advertisement called for a School of Public Health graduate student at the University of Washington to collaborate on a project focused on understanding and reducing levels of lead in Puget Sound area homes. Within weeks of first seeing the posting, I found myself diving deep into the project alongside the Toxic-Free Future team. Continue reading
Lead can be found in paint, water, soil, dust, and other materials. Exposure to lead can cause lifelong effects in children, including brain damage and developmental delays. The good news is that we can help prevent lead poisoning with early detection of lead in homes. Continue reading
We’re excited to announce a victory for kids’ health and consumers’ peace of mind!
Last month, in response to a letter we sent them, the Washington State Department of Ecology announced it will finally begin enforcing state standards for lead, cadmium, and phthalates for certain kids’ products, including clothing, jewelry, car seats, and cosmetics. Today, the agency took action to get kids’ jewelry high in lead and cadmium off store shelves. Continue reading
Revving up for a home remodel? Build a better home while protecting your family’s health by choosing less-toxic building materials and taking extra care during construction. Follow these tips for safer remodeling from start to finish. Continue reading
Spring is here and the upcoming warmer, dryer months are a great time to tackle remodeling projects! Before you or your contractor start any demolition, make sure to find out if there is lead paint in the house. If your home was built pre-1978, it likely contains lead paint. A new EPA law enacted in 2010 to prevent children’s exposure to dangerous levels of lead during renovation requires contractors to be certified in lead-safe work practices. Exposure to lead hazards is especially dangerous for kids and can lead to lower intelligence, learning disabilities, and behavior issues. Lead is also harmful to adults, especially pregnant women who can transfer lead to fetuses. Continue reading