What is Lead?
Lead is a highly toxic metal found naturally in the environment. Lead can cause serious damage to the human body. Lead is particularly harmful to children. It can cause learning and behavior problems, and delay physical growth and mental development.
Where is lead found?
The most common sources of lead are paint and dust. However, some foods and spices, medicines, claypots and dishes, cosmetics, and painted toys from other countries can contain lead. Some jobs and hobbies can also expose workers and their families to lead.
Important Update for Landlords, Contractors, and Workers: The EPA “Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule” took effect on April 22, 2010.
To learn more about this rule, you can check the EPA website. You can also call the EPA at 732-321-6671 for more information. You must still comply with all NYC local requirements including Local Law 1 of 2004 and all pertinent Health Code requirements. Learn more about NYC's Local Law 1 and other requirements.
See a list of all lead poisoning prevention publications and to browse other Health Department publications.
Last updated 11/20/12