Because there is no treatment or cure for lead poisoning, Pittsburgh is committed to preventing children from being exposed to lead in the first place.
On November 30, Pittsburgh City Council passed a Pittsburgh Lead Safety Law. We are grateful for this important step in the right direction to prevent lead poisoning in our children. We’ve worked together with City Council on this comprehensive Ordinance to address the most common pathways of exposure to lead in the city’s children via four mechanisms:
Inspections for lead paint, dust, and soil hazards will occur in rental homes and child care centers built before 1978. If found, lead must be remedied and subject to reinspection. Additionally, renters and property owners may request inspections. Renters are protected from retaliation
All city-funded demolitions must have a lead-safe work plan to ensure they are conducted in a lead-safe manner and include notification to neighbors in the surrounding area.
All contractors or firms working in spaces built before 1978, whether a residence or a space where a child spends time, must demonstrate they will complete their work in a lead-safe manner.
Approved filters will be installed in all city-owned drinking and cooking facilities, and encouraged in all schools and child-occupied spaces.