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Task Force Created to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposure

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On February 15, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta joined Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt and fellow Cabinet members to outline a federal strategy to reduce childhood lead exposure and associated health risks. “Children perform better at school and in life if they live in a healthy home,” said  Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.

“Far too many Americans are exposed to lead in their workplace,” said Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. “Finding solutions to better protect these workers and minimize the amount of lead that is taken home, and potentially exposed to their children, is a priority.”

Do you know the most common jobs with lead exposure?

• Painting
• Building renovation
• Radiator repair
• Bridge work
• Shooting range work
• Demolition
• Battery manufacturing
• Metal production
• Metal scrap cutting and recycling
• Ceramic work
• Soldering
• Plumbing

 

Click here to see OSHA’s resource that highlights the dangers to children of lead being transported home from work, and offers precautions that can be taken. Click here to read the News Release from February 16, 2018.

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