Title: Research note: low awareness of lead law

Authors: Kelly DeAngelis; Bahareh Sanaie-Movahed; Richard Reibstein

Addresses: Earth and Environment Department, College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University, Room 432, Stone Science Building, 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA ' Earth and Environment Department, College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University, Room 432, Stone Science Building, 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA ' The Centre for Energy and Environmental Studies, Boston University, Room 457, 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215, USA

Abstract: Lead is one of the most damaging substances that humans have caused to be dispersed in our environment. However, there are actions everyone can take to reduce vastly risks of poisoning; recent laws have focused on promoting these preventative measures, as the success of these actions depends on whether people are aware of them. There are tens of thousands of children nationwide with blood lead levels considered unsafe by health experts. Strong community awareness of current laws can potentially curb the incidence of lead poisoning in homes and schools, but a small survey of school districts in a sample state indicates that the level of awareness seems less than what is necessary for the law to achieve its purpose.

Keywords: lead law; lead paint; Renovation Rule; prevention; lead poisoning; community awareness; schools; home; blood lead levels; public health; children; child health.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2015.068070

International Journal of Sustainable Society, 2015 Vol.7 No.1, pp.86 - 95

Available online: 11 Mar 2015 *

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