What Is Lead?
Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. While it has some beneficial uses, it can be toxic to humans and animals causing of health effects.
Where is Lead Found?
Lead can be found in all parts of our environment – the air, the soil, the water, and even inside our homes. Much of our exposure comes from human activities including the use of fossil fuels including past use of leaded gasoline, some types of industrial facilities, and past use of lead-based paint in homes. Lead and lead compounds have been used in a wide variety of products found in and around our homes, including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials, solders, gasoline, batteries, ammunition, and cosmetics.
Lead may enter the environment from these past and current uses. Lead can also be emitted into the environment from industrial sources and contaminated sites, such as former lead smelters. While natural levels of lead in soil range between 50 and 400 parts per million, mining, smelting, and refining activities have resulted in substantial increases in lead levels in the environment, especially near mining and smelting sites.
When lead is released to the air from industrial sources or vehicles, it may travel long distances before settling to the ground, where it usually sticks to soil particles. Lead may move from soil into ground water depending on the type of lead compound and the characteristics of the soil.
Federal and state regulatory standards have helped to minimize or eliminate the amount of lead in air, drinking water, soil, consumer products, food, and occupational settings.
Order Your Lead Paint Booklets Through GCNKAA
The Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association has the lead paint booklets required for distribution at the signing of the lease for buildings that were built before 1978. These booklets may be purchased for .35 a piece. Email Viann@gcnkaa.org to order yours. Click the link(s) below for more information.
Lead Paint General Information
Info About HUD’s LSHR
Various Information on Lead Paint
HB 248 Overview
EMP Affidavit of Performance
Essential Maintenance Practices Brochure
Lead Safe Renovator Brochure