Lead Poisoning Prevention

We designed this easy-to-follow guide to help you understand policies that can prevent lead poisoning so you can adopt and improve lead poisoning policies in your community.

Learn from communities across the U.S. to develop your own local policy or assess one that's not working

Lead poisoning threatens children in communities across the U.S., especially in communities of color where tenants vulnerable to lead hazards have few options for affordable housing. Because federal rules fall short of protecting children from lead poisoning, every community must protect its own. This creates a disconnected web of policies from city to city with varying degrees of success.

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We went all lawyer on it

Lawyers like getting into the weeds, so that’s what we did. We studied lead-poisoning prevention programs across the country to unearth lessons learned and best practices from on-the-ground experiences of more than two dozen communities. We learned that successful programs in one place may not be successful everywhere, so this guide shares insights we gathered to help you decide which approaches will work to drive down rates of lead poisoning in your community. We share successes and failures—and the reasons behind them—to help you learn from others and build better policy for your community

Lead Prevention Strategies that Work

Lead poisoning damage is irreversible, causing life-long debilitating harm associated with both acute and chronic health conditions in children. Our children deserve better. The best and most effective strategies to address lead poisoning remove the hazards before our children become the barometer of what’s unsafe. Based on our research of programs across the country, three types of primary prevention programs could address the majority of lead threats in our homes and communities