For Further Reading

U.S. General Accounting Office, January 1999. Lead Poisoning : Federal Health Care Programs Are Not Effectively Reaching At Risk Children. (105pp.) Free. The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, reports that children served by federal health care programs are at greater risk for lead poisoning, yet only 18% of these children nationwide were screened for lead. To order, call the GAO at (202) 512-6000 or write to: U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013. This report can also be downloaded from the GAO web site at:

National Association of Home Builders, 1993. What Remodelers Need to Know and Do About Lead: A Guide for Residential and Commercial Remodelers and Painters. Washington, DC: The National Association of Home Builders. (49 pp. plus appendices). $20 plus shipping charges. This guide, prepared for remodelers and apartment maintenance personnel, provides general information about lead poisoning, addresses worker and occupant protection issues (including applicable regulations and potential liability), and provides detailed recommendations for performing specific refinishing and remodeling activities. To order, call (800) 223-2665, or write to: NAHB Home Builder Bookstore, National Association of Home Builders, 15th and M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005.

McVay Hughes, C. and Meyer, C., 1993. Get the Lead Out: NYPIRG's Handbook for Lead Poisoning Prevention. New York: New York Public Interest Research Group Fund, Inc. (54 pp.) $6 for individuals and $12 for corporations and government agencies, plus $1 shipping and handling. This public information handbook presents a concise overview of the problem of lead poisoning, summarizes CDC recommendations and guidelines, provides home inspection and testing information, and includes an extensive list of names and addresses of advocacy groups, government agencies, testing labs and other helpful resources. To order, call (212) 349-6460 or write to: NYPIRG Publications, 9 Murray Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10007-2272.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, April 1994. Reducing Lead Hazards When Remodeling Your Home. (23 pp.) Free. These guidelines are for anyone involved in a home improvement project - whether you are actually doing the work yourself or overseeing the work of renovation and remodeling professionals. Topics covered include hazard evaluation, special equipment, safe work practices, work area set-up and clean-up, window replacement, carpet removal, HVAC duct work, plumbing work, preparing surfaces for new paint or wallpaper, and removal of large structures. To order, call the National Lead Information Clearinghouse at (800) 424-LEAD and ask for Publication EPA/747-R-94-002, April 1994.