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Lead Poisoning Threshold: Prevent Lead Poisoning in Boston

An advisory committee within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that the threshold for diagnosing lead poisoning in children be lowered, reports the New York Times.

Lead exposure, which can lead to lead poisoning and can cause both learning and organic problems, affects approximately 250,000 children in the United States.

Preventing lead paint problems have been important to Bostonians, as evidenced by the wealth of resources that Lead Safe Boston offers.

Lead paint laws and lead paint disclosure laws have been around for several years to protect homebuyers from health risks associated with lead-based paint, writes FindLaw’s Boston Real Estate Law News. “The Lead Paint Form,” which is included in Property Transfer Notification Certifications in Boston, states every buyer interested in purchasing a residential home, particularly one built before 1978, should be notified about whether the property might “present exposure to lead from lead-based paint that may place young children at risk of developing lead poisoning.”

There are also certain duties on the person selling the home. This includes providing the buyer with any information on lead paint hazards. Sellers should also test their homes for lead before putting it on the market.

Federal lead-based paint disclosure rules were enacted in 1996, and require sellers or landlords to disclose any information about lead-based paint hazards when selling or leasing to any purchaser or tenant of residential housing built before 1978.

The rule also requires disclosure by brokers and real estate agents. In addition, the seller or the landlord must provide the purchaser or the tenant with an EPA-approved lead pamphlet, and copies of any record or inspection report concerning lead-based paint.

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