Living Safely with Lead Webinar Series

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 12:00am to Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 12:00pm
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In this online training series local experts will teach participants simple but effective steps to identify and live safely with various community sources of lead.

Participants will learn about the health effects of lead as experts teach them about: lead in paint, lead in drinking water, and lead in soil & dust. Additionally, we have included a segment addressing tenants' rights and Philadelphia's Lead Abatement law.

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This Clean Water Fund event is produced with funding from the William Penn Foundation and Spring Point Partners, LLC.


  • Lead and Health, Marilyn Howarth, MD, April 20, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Lead in Soil & Dust, Adrian Wood, MPH, April 22, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Lead in Drinking Water, Saterria Kersey, April 27, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Tenants Rights and Philadelphia's Lead Abatement Law, George Gould, Esq. and Osarugue Osa-Edoh, Esq., April 29, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Lead in Renovation, Repair, and Paint, ECA team, May 4, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm


Session 1: Lead and Health

Marilyn Howarth, MD, Director, Community Engagement for the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

I. What is lead?

II. Where is it found in the environment?

III. How does lead get into people?

IV. How does lead impact the health of people?

  • a. Learning and thinking
  • b. Delayed development
  • c. Behavior changes
  • d. Red blood cells
  • e. Kidney damage

V. Children are more vulnerable

VI. Sources of lead in medicines, household items, candy

VII. Who should be tested for blood lead levels?

VIII. What do elevated blood lead levels mean?

IX. How can we reduce lead exposure in our environments?

X. How some people can be exposed to lead at work.


Session 2: Lead in Soil and Dust

Adrian Wood, MPH, Program Coordinator, Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

I. How lead contaminates soil

II. How you get exposed to lead through soil

III. Regulations

IV. Testing lead in soil

V. How to protect yourself

VI. Lead in soil in Philadelphia


Session 3: Lead in Drinking Water

Saterria Kersey, Public Relations Specialist, Philadelphia Water Department

I. Lead Poses Health Risk

II. How Lead Can Get Into Water, and What You Can Do About It

III. How We Treat and Test to Protect Customers From Lead

IV. We Are Doing More Than Ever, and Customers Can Take Action Too


Session 4: Tenants Rights and Philadelphia's Lead Abatement Law

George Gould, Esq. | Osarugue Osa-Edoh, Esq.

Community Legal Services

  • Health problems with lead-based paint
  • City of Philadelphia v. Page v. HUD
  • City-wide lead coalition v. HUD & PHA
  • Philadelphia laws protecting tenants from being retaliated against and evicted because lead violations were issued against the landlord
  • Passage in 2011 of lead disclosure ordinance, which required a lead-safe certification be given to tenants who have children ages 6 or under
  • Problems with the implementation of the law
  • Passage of amended lead safe certification in 2019 which included requiring a lead-safe certification for all residential properties (except student housing)
  • Implementation of the new lead-safe certification law


Session 5: Lead in Renovation, Repair, and Paint

Jeff Colter, EPA Certified Instructor | Hugo Prieto, EPA Certified Instructor

Energy Coordinating Agency

I. Introduction

II. Why should I be concerned about lead paint

III. Regulations

IV. Before Beginning Work

V. Containing Dust

VI. During the Work

VII. Cleaning Activities and checking your work


Seats are limited. Please register ASAP.

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