November 15, 2017 – The National Center for Disease Control recently lowered the threshold blood lead level of concern for children in half (from 10 micrograms per deciliter to 5 micrograms per deciliter). This reduced threshold increases the number of Massachusetts children recognized to be at risk of detrimental health effects due to lead exposure.
The greatest risk to childhood lead poisoning is lead-based paints which can be found in pre-1978 houses. Residual paint chips and dusts can cause irreparable harm to children under the age of six. And while highly toxic lead-based pain was banned in 1978, there remains an estimated 24 million housing units that have lead based-paint, particularly in Massachusetts where much of the housing stock is old.
Under state and federal law, property owners, and landlords may have to disclose the presence of lead paint, and tenants have various legal protections.
A consultation with a lawyer can help if you have concerns about lead paint, whether you are a property owner, a tenant, or have a child living in a home with lead paint. The Boston Bar Lawyer Referral Service can connect you with an experienced attorney today. Please contact us at 617-742-0625 or fill out an online request here.