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Lead @ Home: Research Guide for the Kramer Law Clinic, Case Western Reserve University

This Research Guide provides links to community resources and information about the rules and regulations designed to keep communities safe despite the toxic presence of lead particles in and around many homes.

Statutes, Regulations and, Agency Outreach

Since February, 2000, there has been a coordinated effort to reduce the devastating affects of lead poisoning caused by lead based paints.  To facilitate coordination between all involved federal agencies, a comprehensive document was written by the President's Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children. Entitled, "Eliminating Childhood Lead Poisoning:  A Federal Strategy Targeting Lead Paint Hazards," This report details much of the coordinated federal response to this public health crisis.   Additionally, it provides a comprehensive list of References that includes government reports, medical and, environmental research articles.


Federal Government Action on Residential Lead Poisoning:

Lead Based Paint Poisoning Prevention (42 US Code, Chapter 63, et al.)

Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act (42 US Code, Chapter 63A, et al.)

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40, Part 745 (2015) -- Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention in Certain Residential Structures


Selected Agency Action Documents, Residential Lead Poisoning:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services:  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):  HealthyPeople 2020.

Preventing Lead Exposure in Young Children:  A Housing-Based Approach to Primary Prevention of Lead Poisoning, Recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention, 2004.

Low Level Lead Exposure Harms Children:  A Renewed Call for Primary Prevention, Report of the Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention. 2012.

Prevention Tips, 2014

CDC's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, 2015.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Protect Your Family from Lead Poisoning


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

U.S.  Environmental Health Objectives, Topics & Objectives, Healthy People 2020, 2017. 

U.S. EPA, US Consumer Product Safety Commission and, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Protect Your Family From Exposures to Lead, 2016.

U.S. EPA, Lead Regulations (Lead in Paint, Dust and Soil), 2016.

U.S. EPA, Poisoning is Preventable, 2016.

U.S. EPA, Lead Policy and Guidance, 2016.

U.S. EPA, EPA Connect Blog, 2015.


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development:

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40 CFR 745 (2015)--Lead Based Paint Poisoning Prevention in Certain Residential Structures.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, The Lead-Based Paint and Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Programs, 2017, 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing, 2d ed., 2012.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Lead Regulations Portal, 2017.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, The Lead-Safe Housing Rule, 2017.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, The Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, 2017.


The State of Ohio

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC's Childhood Lead Poisoning Data, Ohio Data, Statistics, and Surveillance, 2016.

Ohio Administrative Code, Lawriter Ohio Laws and Rules, Chapter 3701-30, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention, 2014.

Childhood Lead Poisoning (OHHLPPP):

          "OHHLPPP provides program funding; public and professional education; public health lead investigations; case management; data collection; and analysis.  The program addresses the needs of lead-poisoned children from birth through 72 months of age.  The program assists family members, medical care providers and other community members to reduce and prevent lead poisoning.  OHHLPPP receives all blood lead laboratory reports on Ohio resident children and contributes to the national database on lead poisoning.  The program also promotes the national lead poisoning prevention guidelines set forth by the CDC for childhood lead poisoning-prevention efforts in Ohio."

            The Ohio Department of Health provides Data and Statistics (Childhood Lead Poisoning, Jan. 16, 2019).

Ohio Lead Licensure and Accreditation Program

Ohio Legal Services & Ohio Poverty Law Center:  Ohio Landlord-Tenant Law:  What You Should Know!, 2014.

Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Healthy Homes Program:  To qualify for this program, you must have a child who is five years old, (or younger) who spends a significant amount of time in your home; live in a "first ring"community that touches the city of Cleveland and, meet income guidelines.  To see if you qualify for this assistance as well as other services, contact (216) 201-2000 ext.1527. 

The City of Cleveland Department of Public Health is a resource for information on Lead Safe Living.    Links to City of Cleveland environment resources on topics such as food safety, hazardous wastes and, environmental health services can be found on this website.  For more information, about lead in the city of Cleveland, contact (216)263-LEAD(5323)  


Summit County Public Health, Healthy Homes, 1867 W. Market St., Akron, OH  44313 (Tel. 330-923-4891).