Lead: Resources...& plenty of 'em!!

This listing has now been massively revised since first posted on Jan. 16th. (And just so you know, all my lead-related postings are listed here)

In deference to the fact that I’m Canadian, I’m listing Canadian info sources first.

AND, since I’m aware of more action taking place in the U.S., you will find the American section much … busier!!

If readers send me good tips, I’ll be delighted to add to this collection!!

Note: Apologies for the rather inadequate formatting in this post. Seems I need a tutorial in how to format blog posts!?!?!?


Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health & Environment (CPCHE)

CPCHE Fact Sheets

Health Canada – Lead “Information Package” – FAQ’s

** Healthy Retrofits: The Case for Better Integration of Children's Environmental Health Protection into Energy Efficiency Programs. March 2011. Canadian Environmental Law Association.

The First Six Years On this Web site I suggest you look at the “Don’t Spread Lead” video. Scroll down on the right-hand side – it’s the last item. Highly recommended viewing for anyone who paints, has painted, might paint, knows anyone who paints, painted, might paint…. Getting the drift here? It’s real important… (Of course also look around the site for interesting reports on Canada's response to the lead issue - or should I say, lack of response??)


***** “The Child is the Canary”: 11- minute video. Must-see!!

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – page of product recalls

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning / EPA / U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development / Ad Council – 3 provocative 30-second ads about lead exposure in children. Note: watch all 3! (it’s only a minute & a half, dudes!!)

Environmental Health Watch - Ohio

High Lead Levels in Mexican Candies – Web site of U.S. State of Oregon Dept of Human Services On the page this brings you to, scroll down & under ‘For More Information’ & under Orange County Register, open up the ‘Toxic Treats’ poster in either English or Spanish.

HUD’s (U.S. Dept of Housing & Urban Development) Healthy Homes Program

Lead-Free Kids

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Documents / Links

Brochures & Posters Good source for info U can print up about renovations & what you need to know, & do, as parents.

New England “Keep it Clean” Campaign

Outreach Campaigns & Materials

U.S. Health Units – Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs / Info

Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Health

Minnesota Dept. of Health

** New York State Department of Health – Sources of Lead

Ohio Dept. of Health



Departments of Health all over the U.S. are doing work on lead poisoning prevention/healthy houses. I’m only providing here links for the states of the folks I met & chatted with the most while in Chicago in December 2010 for the Centers for Disease Control-sponsored “Lead Poisoning Prevention Training Center.”

If you want to know what your own local Health Dept. is doing, whether in the U.S. or Canada (or wherever!?), check on the Web & find out.

If they’re not doing anything, ask why!!!!

& btw, I am very grateful to these American folks for all their information-sharing & expertise on the lead issue!!

Books About Lead (or in which it is discussed):

Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution – Gerald Markowiz & David Rosner. Haven’t read this one myself yet, but look forward to doing so!

Dodging the Toxic Bullet – How to Protect Yourself from Everyday Environmental Health Hazards, David R. Boyd, 2010. Very helpful & interesting book & I've used excerpts from it (w. the author's permission) in other lead-related posts.

Having Faith – An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood Sandra Steingraber (also author of Living Downstream – An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment). I recommend this book for a variety of reasons. For one thing, it explains the lead industry shenanigans that have taken place that have ensured we can still encounter lead in common consumer products in spite of the fact that “lead is also a formidable destroyer of human brains. This property has been recognized for at least 2,000 years.” (Pg. 114.)

The Secret History of the War on Cancer, Devra Davis, published 2007. Also in D. Davis’s book When Smoke Ran Like Water. (both books are grrrrrrrrrreat!!)

There’s Lead in Your Lipstick – Toxins in Our Everyday Body Care and How to Avoid Them, Gillian Deacon, published 2010.

Toxic Truth: A Scientist, A Doctor, and the Battle Over Lead, Lydia Denworth, 2008.