Lead is a highly toxic metal that can be found in paint and drinking water and may cause serious and permanent health problems. Children and pregnant women are at special risk for lead poisoning. There is no safe level of lead in the body, but lead poisoning can be prevented. Learn more about lead hazards and how to prevent lead poisoning
Parents, Expecting Parents and Caregivers
All children should be tested for lead at ages 1 and 2. Talk to your child’s health care provider about testing your child for lead through a blood test. Depending on the result, the health care provider may recommend additional testing. Learn more about testing your child for lead
During pregnancy, lead can increase the risk of miscarriage and cause babies to be born too early, too small, or with learning or behavior problems.
Children, pregnant people and adults can be exposed to lead during renovation projects. Learn how to stay safe during home renovation projects
Child Care Providers
Under Vermont law, there are specific requirements for all child care facilities built before 1978. Every year, you are required to do Inspection, Repair and Cleaning (IRC) Practices – formerly known as Essential Maintenance Practices (EMPs). IRC Practices require an IRC-certified person to do an annual inspection for deteriorated paint, perform a specialized cleaning, and file yearly compliance statements. Learn more about IRC Practices
Under Vermont's Renovation, Repair, Painting and Maintenance (RRPM) regulations, any work done on your child care facility that will disturb painted surfaces needs to be done by someone who is licensed or certified. Learn more about RRPM regulations