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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: EPA Region 10’s Public Listening Session on the Draft EPA Lead Strategy

EPA hosted a virtual public comment session on Tues. Feb. 8th to gather input on their national draft Strategy to Reduce Lead Exposures and Disparities in U.S. Communities. The meeting recording and additional details about the strategy can be found here.


 News

EPA has revised the dust-lead hazard and clearance standards

  • Two important revisions to 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 745 affect lead-based paint activities professionals that perform wipe sampling of settled dust for lead hazard or clearance determination. On January 6th, 2020, the dust-lead hazards for floors and interior window sills were reduced to 10 ug/ft2 and 100 ug/ft2, respectively. On March 8th, 2021, the clearance levels for lead in dust were reduced to 10 ug/ft2 and 100 ug/ft2, respectively, for floors and interior window sills. For more information, please visit this EPA website.  

EPA Affirms Building Managers Responsible for Lead-Based Paint Safety Requirements When Performing Renovations

  • 1/21/2022 Press Release announcing changes affecting property management companies that manage pre-1978 housing or properties and contract renovations that could disturb lead-based paint.

CDC: Update of the Blood Lead Reference Value, 2021

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 if they receive RRP-rule required on-the-job training and are directed by a Certified Renovator.

Law Related to Demolition of Residences with Lead-Based Paint

Alerts and Recalls

Reducing Lead in School Drinking Water

 Oregon Data