Philadelphia Releases Plan to Prevent Lead Poisoning


In 2016 the City of Philadelphia, in coordination with the Department of Health and the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I), released a comprehensive report , “Lead-Free Kids: Preventing Lead Poisoning in Philadelphia”, on lead poisoning in its communities and a plan for how to address the continuing problem. This plan includes resident education campaigns on lead poisoning, increased training for L&I staff, targeted intervention at problem properties, strengthening the enforcement of a 2012 law requiring landlords to certify that all homes for children are “lead safe” or “lead free” as well as more resources for landlords and engagement with pediatricians in areas with increased incidence of lead exposure. Additionally, the plan created the Lead Poisoning Prevention Advisory Group, which continues to track the progress of the interventions and make additional updates to the plan. In January of 2018 the advisory group reported on the status of the plan and made updated recommendations.