In September 2017, the Massachusetts Public Health Council approved amendments to the Commonwealth’s lead regulations lowering blood lead levels which would indicate a dangerous amount of lead or poisoning and making it easier for homeowners to delead their property.
These new regulations will make it easier to identify blood lead levels early before children are seriously harmed. In addition, the changes in deleading regulations are designed to help and encourage more homeowners to address lead paint which is in 84% of the homes in Springfield. Springfield Healthy Homes partners advocated for these important changes that will help protect our children from the lifelong health consequences of lead exposure, a health threat that especially affects Springfield, which has the highest risk of lead poisoning in the state.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has released the following fact sheets:
- Homeowners, contractors and individuals that do lead abatement and lead enforcement work – Lead Fact Sheet for Property Owners and Contractors
- Pediatric healthcare providers responsible for blood level testing and reporting – Lead Fact Sheet for Health Care Providers
Learn more about lead paint and resources to address it.