MA to Update Housing Code
The Department of Public Health will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to State Sanitary Code regulating Housing on October 4, 2017 in Northampton, MA. This is the only hearing in Western Massachusetts. Proposed changes include mechanical ventilation and integrated pest management requirements for buildings with 4 or more units.
- Proposed Revision
- Public Health Council Memo on the proposed changes
- Information on hearings in other locations
Testimony on Sanitary Code Updates
- PVAC sanitary code revision 105 CMR 410.000 Oct 2017
- Health Resources in Action 105 CMR 410.000 Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation (this testimony was signed by 11 other organizations).
MA to Strengthen Lead Poisoning Law
In June 2015, the Springfield Healthy Homes Collaborative wrote a letter to the chairs of the Joint Committee on Public Health– Representative Kate Hogan and Senator Jason Lewis- to acknowledge Bill H.2049. In this letter, we suggested that rather than allow municipalities to establish their own definition of lead safety, they consider adopting a single statewide blood lead level threshold- such as five or ten milligrams per deciliter- that is more in line with current thought.
In 2012, the CDC lowered its “level of concern” from 10 µg/dL to 5 µg/dL, where they recommend public health actions be initiated. Currently, MA intervenes at 25 µg/dL; however, the proposed bill will lower the “Blood lead level of concern” to between 5 and 10 micrograms per deciliter in children under 6 years of age.
In June 2017, the Bill was discharged to the committee on Health Care Financing. Details on the status of the bill can be found here.
Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure
The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report entitled 10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure. Click here to view findings and download the report.