Lead Safety

Lead is a metal used in numerous products because of its strength, low melting point, density and other properties. Unfortunately, lead is toxic to several body systems and may present a health hazard in the workplace or to young children. Although lead exposure can result from many sources through hobbies, plumbing, etc., the principle source of concern on campus is from lead paint. Lead paint was used primarily before 1978. Lead dust hazards can be created when lead dust is sanded, scraped, burnt, etc., without adequate control measures. Numerous federal and state laws regulate work with lead and disclosure of lead hazards in housing rental, sales, leasing, and renovations. Ohio University maintains a Lead Management Program.





USEPA Region 5 (Ohio's Region)