Cleveland Looks to Revamp Lead Program

11/30/2015

Since 2005, budget cuts created staffing and funding 332px-Flag_Map_of_Ohio.pngproblems for lead poisoning prevention programs in Cleveland. The result was a backlog of potential lead poisoning cases that went without investigation. In fact, over 75% of cases went uninvestigated over the past five years. There were only two licensed lead investigators for about a year, and both of these officials have now been charged with civil and criminal penalities for incomplete assessments, errors and legal violations.   

Recently, Cleveland officials promised to address all of these issues. To start, they plan on training five current health department officials as licensed lead poisoning investigators to complete outstanding assessments.  

For a more complete history of Cleveland's lead-related issues: 
http://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2015/11/clevelands_lead_program_plague.html


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