Lead is a metal found in the earth that has been used by people for centuries. Lead has been used in many products such as paints, gasoline, plumbing structures, crystal, ceramic glazes, and batteries. Lead is also a poison that is dangerous to you and your family. It can harm a child’s brain and nervous system, which can cause learning and behavioral problems. Pregnant women and women of child-bearing age are also at increased risk. Babies and young children are at the highest risk because they play on the floor and often put their hands and toys in their mouths. It takes only a very small amount of lead to poison someone. The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program investigates the homes of lead poisoned children to reduce and prevent environmental exposures to lead.
The Environmental Health Division performs three important roles in addressing lead issues:
- Conducting environmental investigations at the homes of lead poisoned children to identify potential environmental lead hazards that may have caused or contributed to the child’s lead poisoning
- Educating owners, contractors, government agencies, and the public about lead hazards and steps to prevent lead poisoning from occurring
- Responding to complaints of unsafe lead work (such as sandblasting without any containment) at properties built before 1978 that may contain lead paint
Environmental Health works jointly with Public Health nurses and other professionals as part of a Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) team. To learn more about the program, please visit our Childhoold Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Page.
Report a Problem
If you see unsafe lead work, such as dust created by dry scraping or sanding paint on housing built before 1978, you may contact the Los Angeles County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 1-(800)-LA-4-LEAD.
If you live in a rental property or apartment complex built before 1978, and have chipping or peeling paint that is not being repaired by the property owner/property management, contact the Environmental Health Call Center at (800) 700-9995 or File a Complaint Online.