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Lead Poisoning in Oregon

Alarming levels of lead have been found in traditional cosmetics used in Hindu and Muslim religious practices and South and Southeast Asian cultures. High lead levels have also been found in the spice turmeric, particularly in smaller batches brought​ in from overseas.


Frequently Asked Questions: Lead in Traditional Cosmetics and Turmeric

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Lead poisoning prevention tips

Lead poisoning is a significant environmental health problem.

Laws and regulations are in place to protect people; however lead poisoning is still a risk for many Oregonians, especially children. The Lead Poisoning Prevention Program enforces state regulations, oversees professional training and certification, and responds to concerns about lead and its effect on public health.

Contact Us   Training Calendar (pdf)   Notice of Abatement Form (pdf)  


NEW: Lead-Based Paint Legislation for Clean Up Authority of Lead-Based Paint Hazards

On May 21st, 2021, Governor Kate Brown signed HB 2077. The bill gives OHA the authority to require cleanup of properties where violations of lead-safe work practices have created lead-based paint hazards. For more information, see the enrolled HB 2077 (pdf).


 News

FDA Safety Warning and Recalls for LeadCare Analyzers

Senate Bill 64 Amends Lead-Based Paint ORS 431A.358

  • Senate Bill 64 amends Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 431A.358 to align with the Code of Federal Regulations regarding lead-based paint requirements, including the removal of language that allowed uncertified individuals to perform lead-based paint activities under the supervision of certified individuals. This change affects the work of Risk Assessors, Inspectors, and Abatement Workers and Supervisors. It does not affect Renovation. Uncertified renovators can still perform work work if they receive RRP-rule required on-the-job training and are directed by a Certified Renovator.

EPA Revision to the Dust-Lead Clearance Level (effective March 8, 2021)

Law Related to Demolition of Residences with Lead-Based Paint

Alerts and Recalls

Reducing Lead in School Drinking Water

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