Garden Grove, CA, March 14th, 2012
In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65.
Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. This list includes lead, a highly toxic metal. Lead was used for many years in paints and other products found in and around our homes. It was added to the Prop 65 list in 1987 shortly after the list was formed.
Lead-based paint and lead contaminated dusts are the main sources of exposure for lead in children in the United States. Lead-based paints were banned for use in housing in 1978, but there are countless homes, buildings, schools and daycare centers that were built before the ban.
Lead is dangerous to all people, but especially to children. Babies and young children often put their hands and other objects that can have lead dust on them in their mouths. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Children's growing bodies absorb more lead than adult bodies do, and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead.”
“Exposure to lead can lead to damage to both children and adults’ health,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc., a major lead testing laboratory network. “Lead can even be found in some homes that do not have lead-based paints. Lead can also be emitted into the air from industrial sources and it can be found in some consumer products, including batteries and various metal products. Simple testing procedures can quickly identify if the toxic metal is present,” he continued.
LA Testing and EMSL have sponsored an online video about lead hazards in the home. It can be seen at:
LA Testing provides analytical services for lead and other potentially hazardous materials. To learn more about Proposition 65 testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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