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LEAD SAFETY
TOOL KIT
for COUNCILS

A Tool Kit for making your community safe from lead

August 2002

STEP 3

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STEP 3: AWARENESS - PREVENTION THROUGH INFORMATION - COMMUNITY LEAD EDUCATION

Community Lead Education can take a Variety of Forms.

How to Plan and Implement a Successful Community Lead Education Campaign

List of Resources Related To Step 3

Step 3: Awareness - Prevention Through Information - Community Lead Education

An essential element of your local lead strategy is community lead education.

Ignorance and misconceptions about lead are responsible for a large proportion of lead contamination and lead poisoning cases. Non-detection of the cases is such a prominent feature of lead poisoning that it is often referred to as "the silent epidemic".

Local councils can use a lead education tool and ensure that their community does not suffer the dire consequences of lead poisoning, by raising awareness.

Reaching the community with information targeting prevention and detection of cases of lead contamination and poisoning will result in a significant reduction in their occurrence. It will also complement the policy measures and increase their effectiveness both in cases where council does have the power to enforce lead-safe procedures - in the context of development approvals - and where council does not have such control (when development approval is not required).

Community Lead Education can take a Variety of Forms

The more often the message of lead safety is repeated, and the more varied its form and venues, the more likely it is to be heard by the community. Here are some suggestions:

  • Lead awareness stalls in local events: street fairs, markets, local celebration events, festivals etc;
  • Permanent or temporary lead information display in council’s chambers;
  • Lead education material available on counter of environmental and planning service;
  • Council libraries having books about lead. See Related Resources for titles.
  • Lead education material inserted with all post-outs regarding development approval;
  • Support for not-for-profit organisations or local projects promoting lead safety or including lead safety in their project, such as the "Mobile business environmental project" supported by Marrickville City Council, the "Eco-living" initiative by Sydney Waste Boards, or as part of a stormwater community education campaign of the type promoted by the EPA;
  • Initiate lead safety campaigns targeting specific sections of the community: parents of young children, professionals, ethnic communities. The Lead Advisory Service Australia can be commissioned to create specific information;
  • Have lead safety presentations in children’s services managed by council – childcare centres, before and after school care centres, holiday care services;

Offer services that will assist your community to be lead-safe such as:

  • Ensure that members of your community always have someone in council available to answer lead related queries, and that the council receptionist knows who to direct such queries to
  • For more complex queries, either the council receptionist or the council officer dealing with lead queries can refer callers to the Lead Advisory Service Australia (LASA) and council can give some financial support so that LASA can continue its (currently unfunded) service to the community
  • Have available the information that will assist members of your community to prevent lead contamination and lead poisoning: How to test for lead, how to hire a lead-safe contractor, who are the painters who have lead-safe training in your locality, who can assess my house for lead contamination, where to hire a HEPA vacuum cleaner, etc
  • Offer some free services that will assist in the prevention of lead contamination and poisoning, such as free lead paint testing. (Tweed Shire Council implemented a free lead testing service in 1997)
  • Celebrate International Lead Poisoning Awareness Week (usually the last week in October to coincide with the National Lead Poisoning Prevention week in the USA, or the calendar week surrounding 20th October, which has been gazetted in NSW as Lead Poisoning Awareness Day. For example International Lead Poisoning Awareness Week in 2002 is Sunday 20th October to Saturday 26th October) with a special event, banners, etc
  • Include lead information in council’s State of the Environment report.

How to Plan and Implement a Successful Community Lead Education Campaign

The following information can be used either for the purpose of a lead education campaign initiated by council or for providing support to organisations or groups planning such a campaign.

Running a lead education campaign is no different to running any community education campaign, and your council probably already has the experience and equipment for those.

A brochure prepared by the Environment Protection Authority and the Department of Land and Water Conservation, called "What we need is… A Community Education Project, an eight-step guide to running a community education campaign" may provide further assistance. This document details the following eight-step ‘effective education planning’ process as follows:

Step 1 Analyse the issue or problem

Step 2 Identify stakeholders

Step 3 Know your target group

Step 4 Determine objectives and outcomes

Step 5 Design your methods

Step 6 Consider funding

Step 7 Make an action plan and implement it

Step 8 Monitor and evaluate

At the end of this kit you will find a list of leaflets that can be distributed to your community upon their request or during lead education campaigns. Further resources listed below can be obtained as indicated. Note that the lead fact sheets and booklets prepared by the former Lead Reference Centre can be obtained by contacting the EPA or the Better Health Centre (order form provided in this kit). Unfortunately some of these are out of stock so you may need to ask the Health Department to re-print them.

 

List of Resources Related To Step 3

Subject Area / Title

Where To Find It

Author / Source

COMMUNITY EDUCATION
Pluto Press Flyer: :Local Heroes; No Toxic Dump To order "No Toxic Dump", contact Pluto Press Australia, www.plutopress.com.au

To order "Local Heroes" contact The LEAD Group Inc. Local Heroes

Pluto Press
Local Heroes, Australian crusades from the environmental frontline For review of this book see The LEAD Group Inc. Local Heroes

This book has three chapters on lead contamination, a great book to add to council. library’s resources

Edited by Kathleen McPhillips, Pluto Press Australia
No Toxic Dump! A triumph for grassroots democracy and environmental justice For review of the book see Pluto Press website, at     plutoaustralia.com/catalogue/display.php?item=212 Paul Strangio, Pluto Press Australia
Lead is a Silent Hazard A great reference on lead poisoning, that has been sent by the Council LEAD Project team to those Council Liaison Officers that had returned the initial survey. Richard Stapleton, Walker & Co New York 94
EPA Lead Guide for Councils Section 1 - Management of lead contamination; "Education tools" http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/pesticides/03004managinglead.pdf

NSW EPA Pollution Line on 131 555

NSW EPA
What we need is … A Community Education Project, an eight-step guide to running a community education project NSW EPA Pollution Line on 131 555

www.epa.nsw.gov.au/community/index.htm

NSW EPA and Department of Land and Water Conservation
Hiring a lead-safe contractor www.lead.org.au/lat/lat008.html The LEAD Group
Lead Aware Times Vol 1 No 1
Be lead-safe www.ecolivingsolutions.com.au/home/leadsafe.html North Sydney Waste Board.

Example of lead-safe component to an environmental project.

New Stormwater Campaign- Council Resources Kit www.epa.nsw.gov.au/stormwater/crk/index.asp NSW EPA
Paint Clean, Environmental Information for Painters www.epa.nsw.gov.au/small_business/painters/index.htm

A promising section of the EPA site, which could benefit by including more thorough information on lead paint management or a link to the lead section of the EPA site.

NSW EPA
What to do if you have too much lead in your tank water - Fact sheet CLP Tool Kit. www.lead.org.au/fs/tankwater.pdf Dr Neville Gibson
Lead Contamination in Stormwater - Fact sheet CLP Tool Kit. www.lead.org.au/fs/stormwater.pdf The LEAD Group
Rotary Childhood Lead Exposure Risk Factor Questionnaire AND Message to Doctors www.lead.org.au/fs/fst8.html  

LASA Fact sheets by The LEAD Group

Lead Poisoned Pets and Your Family www.lead.org.au/fs/fst9.html
Childhood Lead Poisoning Risk Factor Questionnaire www.lead.org.au/fs/fst10.html
Lead in Drinking Water in Australia http://www.lead.org.au/lanv8n1/l8v1-11.html
Have We Really Resolved The Lead Issue? www.lead.org.au/fs/fst13.html
The Importance of the Availability of "Spot Tests" for Lead in Paint CLP Tool Kit

www.lead.org.au/fs/fst14.html

Pregnant or Planning a Pregnancy www.lead.org.au/lanv6n2/update005.html
Breastfeeding and Lead www.lead.org.au/lanv6n2/update002.html

Lead in breast milk

www.lead.org.au/lanv6n2/update014.html
Beware The Lead In Lead Lighting www.lead.org.au/fs/fs18.html
Is Your Child Safe From Lead? – Poster CLP Tool Kit, www.lead.org.au/fs/fst11.html
For multiple copies phone Better Health Centre on (02) 9816 0452
NSW Health Dept & EPA
Lead Alert – Painting an older home? Does your old paint contain lead? Lead is a health hazard- Poster CLP Tool Kit Environment Australia
Elite Maintenance Lead contamination and removal CLP Tool Kit. For multiple copies ph Elite Maintenance Service (07) 3801 2166 Elite Maintenance Service Pty Ltd
Hazardous Dusts and HEPA Filters, AND

How to Set and maintain your HEPA vac

Lead Advisory Service Australia on 1800 626 086 JBS Environmental Services and Technologies
Order form for informative OH&S video: Lead - Treat It With Respect CLP Tool Kit (in Resources Related to Step 2)

www.lead.org.au/clp/products/HazardAwareness.doc

Future Media Pty Ltd
Do-It-Yourself Lead Safe Test Kits CLP Tool Kit

www.lead.org.au/clp/products/Lead_test_kit_ad_20111214.pdf

The LEAD Group Inc.
Painting? Tips for Responsible Clean Up and Disposal CLP Tool Kit Scientific Services Laboratory, Australian Government Analytical Laboratories (AGAL)
Is There A Hidden Health Hazard In Your Roof? CLP Tool Kit

http://web.archive.org/web/20110322154814/http://www.mhcs.health.nsw.gov.au/mhcs/publication_pdfs/5395/BHC-5395-ENG.pdf

This Fact sheet is available n the following languages:
http://web.archive.org/web/20021212010440/http://www.mhcs.health.nsw.gov.au/health-public-affairs/mhcs/publications/langindex.html
English, Serbian, Russian, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Croatian, Khmer, Spanish, Korean, Macedonian, Portuguese, Italian, Turkish, Arabic, Greek, Laotian., on line or on order from Better Health Centre, Reference BHC 5395

Multicultural Health Communication Service, NSW Health Dep

Better Health Centre

Lead Safe fact sheet - Lead, your Health and the Environment Lead, your Health & the Environment is on-line at www.lead.org.au & copies are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Macedonian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese. Multiple copies are no longer available from Better Health Centre  

 

 

Lead Reference Centre, NSW EPA.

Lead Safe fact sheet - Lead in Ceiling Dust CLP Tool Kit
www.lead.org.au/fs/Lead_in_Ceiling_dust.pdf

For multiple copies of Lead Safe Fact sheets, ph Better Health Centre on (02) 9816 0452 or NSW EPA (131 555), or order on-line at www.health.nsw.gov.au/health-public-affairs/bhc/leadsafe.pdf

Ask for it to be reprinted if a title becomes unavailable.

Lead Safe fact sheet - Lead Safe Renovations Ask for it to be reprinted if a title becomes unavailable.
Lead Safe fact sheet - Lead Safe Housekeeping http://www.lead.org.au/fs/lead_safe/Lead_Safe_Housekeeping_Lead_Safe.pdf
Lead Safe fact sheet - Old Lead Paint http://www.lead.org.au/fs/lead_safe/Old_Lead_Paint_Lead_Safe.pdf
Lead Safe booklets No longer available. For multiple copies phone Better Health Centre on (02) 9816 0452 or NSW EPA (131555), or down-load the order form at www.health.nsw.gov.au/health-public-affairs/bhc/leadsafe.pdf

Ask for a reprint if a title becomes unavailable.

Lead Reference Centre, NSW EPA
Lead Safe booklet: A Guide for Health Care Professionals http://www.lead.org.au/fs/lead_safe/A_Guide_For_Health_Care_Professionals_Lead_Safe.pdf

"Lead Safe Guide For Health Professionals" , an adaptation of the "Lead Safe booklet: A Guide for Health Care Professionals", by the National Referral Centre for Lead Poisoning in India run by The George Foundation is available on-line at www.leadpoison.net/prevent/guide-professionals.htm

Lead Reference Centre, NSW EPA
Lead Safe booklet: A Renovator’s Guide to the Dangers of Lead CLP Tool Kit

http://www.lead.org.au/fs/lead_safe/A_Renovator_Guide_To_The_Dangers_Of_Lead_Lead_Safe.pdf

Part of A Renovator’s Guide to the Dangers of Lead is available on-line at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/leadsafe/projects.htm and www.epa.nsw.gov.au/leadsafe/leadinf4.htm#renovating

Lead Safe booklet: A Guide to Keeping your Family Safe from Lead CLP Tool Kit
"Lead Poisoning - Guide For Families", an adaptation of the "Guide to Keeping your Family Safe from Lead Booklet", by the National Referral Centre for Lead Poisoning in India run by The George Foundation is available on-line at www.leadpoison.net/prevent/guide-family.htm
Lead Safe Publications ORDER FORM For multiple copies, contact the Better Health Centre on (02) 9816 0452, down-load order form from www.health.nsw.gov.au/health-public-affairs/bhc/bhc.html or use the order form in this Tool Kit Better Health Centre
Lead Alert Facts: Lead CLP Tool Kit
Multiple copies of Lead Alert Fact Sheets are available by phoning Environment Australia's Community Information Unit on 1800 803 772 and they are available on-line at: http://www.environment.gov.au/resource/lead-pb
Environment Australia
Lead Alert Facts: Lead and the Environment http://www.environment.gov.au/resource/lead-alert-facts-lead-and-environment
Lead Alert Facts: Lead and Your Health http://www.environment.gov.au/resource/lead-alert-facts-lead-and-your-health
Lead Alert Facts: Lead in Auto Paints http://www.environment.gov.au/resource/lead-alert-facts-lead-auto-paints
Lead Alert Facts: Lead in Ceramics http://www.environment.gov.au/resource/lead-alert-facts-lead-ceramics
Lead Alert Facts: Lead in House Paint http://www.environment.gov.au/resource/lead-alert-facts-lead-house-paint
Lead Alert Facts: Lead in Marine Paints http://www.environment.gov.au/resource/lead-alert-facts-lead-marine-paints
Lead Alert Facts: Lead in Pottery http://www.environment.gov.au/resource/lead-alert-facts-lead-pottery
Lead Alert Facts: Lead in Recreational Activities http://www.environment.gov.au/resource/lead-alert-facts-lead-recreational-activities
Lead Alert Facts: Lead in Stained Glass http://www.environment.gov.au/resource/lead-alert-facts-lead-stained-glass
The Six Step Guide to Painting your Home (4th Edition)- Lead Alert CLP Tool Kit
http://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/resources/e9ddd00e-8914-4d57-8279-19b3d2616dee/files/leadpaint.pdf
Environment Australia

 

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