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Lead in Municipal Water

Nearly 130,000 children exposed to lead-tainted drinking water in Chicago. (March 18, 2024)
Nearly 130,000 children exposed to lead-tainted drinking water in Chicago


Lead in the Soil

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Lead-Dust Hazards

Bypass Hazard Identification


When an owner/client decides to skip an initial hazard identification assessment protocol and move directly to their assumed and/or suspected hazard areas, this is considered a Bypass inspection.

This may be performed after cleanup actions.  IF any areas fail the inspection, the risk assessor will recommend additional correction and clearance testing.

(A second inspection).

(EPA 40 CFR part 745).

Combination Risk Assessment / Inspection

When an owner / client wants to identify the source of the lead-based paint hazards. 

This type inspection combines the elements of an inspection (surface-by-surface measurement with and XRF analyzer) with the soil and dust sampling components  (part of a  risk assessment); together the results will generate data to compose  a Risk Assessment Report with suggested Interim Control Options with Estimated Costs and a Reevaluation and Monitoring Schedule.   (EPA 40 CFR part 745) 

Lead Hazard Screen



A lead hazard screen is a type of risk assessment that applies to housing in good condition as defined in the HUD Guidelines.  Fewer samples are collected from these sites as they are typically less likely to be lead-based hazards.  However, the criteria for evaluation of the dust sampling is much more strict. (EPA 40 CFR part 745).


Reevaluation Inspections are needed in dwellings where lead-based paint remains, or is believed to remain, even if it is presently in a nonhazardous condition.

Reevaluations are not needed in dwellings which have been established as hazard free by the managers and/or owners.

(EPA 40 CFR part 745).

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 Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools



3Ts for Reducing Lead in
Drinking Water in Schools and
Child Care Facilities

3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities (


RHP Article on
Lead in Drinking Water


Lead based Paint  & Lead based Paint Risk Assessment Protocol


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is alerting consumers to an FDA recall of children’s cinnamon applesauce pouches which may contain elevated levels of lead. At least one confirmed case in Illinois, and a total of 34 nationwide, have been linked to the product, which was sold online and at chains like Schnucks and Dollar Tree under the brand names WanaBana, Weis, and Schnucks. You will find pictures of the recalled products at the end of this news release.

Information on specific lot numbers and UPC codes can be found through the recall advisory issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The products may contain elevated levels of lead, which can be dangerous to persons of any age. Children are particularly susceptible to lead toxicity. Lead is a neurotoxin and exposure can impact a child’s development.  Most children with elevated lead levels have no symptoms.   Occasionally, nonspecific symptoms may include headache, abdominal pain, and vomiting.  

Consumers should not eat or serve the product and should dispose of it safely. IDPH recommends opening the packets, dumping the contents into a plastic bag, and then discarding the bag and contents, in order to prevent anyone from attempting to salvage the unopened product from the trash. Wash hands thoroughly after disposing of the product.

Lead toxicity may not lead to immediate symptoms in children. Parents who suspect their child may have consumed a contaminated product should consult the child’s health care provider for further guidance, including whether a blood test for lead exposure may be needed.

IDPH is working with local health departments and providers across the state to ensure this product is removed from store shelves and consumer pantries, and to encourage affected consumers to seek medical attention when warranted. For more information on lead poisoning and IDPH’s efforts to combat it, go to: Lead Poisoning Prevention (

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