About the Global Lead Advice and Support Service (GLASS)
Fact Sheet Created 15th Feb 2006, Revised 29th March 2015
What GLASS Does
GLASS provides information, advice and referrals in relation to the management and prevention of lead poisoning and lead contamination. We can refer you to community or other groups, health professionals, specialist tradespeople, organisations, etc, as appropriate. GLASS provides information through The LEAD Group website - www.lead.org.au and maintains a data base including a library database. The online publications in our library database are searchable at Library Database of the Global Lead Advice & Support Service (GLASS) and questions and answers are searchable at Q&A of the Global Lead Advice & Support Service (GLASS)
Information is also available in our fact sheets and newsletters see the homepage or do a search of the website. Referral lists are at www.lead.org.au/referral_lists.html and links to other lead-related websites are at www.lead.org.au/lk.html
For a more interactive self-help approach for obtaining information, GLASS is setting up egroups in response to needs expressed by our enquirers. Egroups are dedicated to one particular aspect of a subject; eg autism and lead. Egroup members can use one email address to send an email to all members. Members can share advice and information based on their own experience and knowledge about the particular aspect of lead. Please go to www.lead.org.au/egroups.html to read the descriptions of our current egroups and to join.
If you can’t find what you need on The LEAD Group website, or from the links provided above, please contact us by telephone, e-mail or post.
Telephone: If calling from within Australia, Freecall 1800 626 086; Overseas callers: +61 2 9716 0132 between 9am and 4:30pm weekdays Eastern Australian Time (or Eastern Australian Daylight Savings Time in Summer).
Email: Go to www.lead.org.au/cu.html and fill in the form and include your email address for a response.
Mail: PO Box 161 Summer Hill NSW 2130 Australia.
Future Plans for GLASS
Development of egroups
If you want to suggest a new egroup topic, please contact us. We believe e-groups are an effective way for people to obtain pertinent information about lead, because much of the information is based on direct experience of the participants and a small dedicated group "can change the world" (Margaret Mead).
Provided funding is forthcoming, we plan to web-publish GLASS information on a new dedicated GLASS website and to include information currently only available in our database. In the meantime, printed material on particular topics will be posted out if this is the most appropriate way for us to respond to requests for information and advice. Some of the items in the following list of info pack topics are currently emailable but if funding for wages becomes available, we should be able to web-publish all items:
Some information is also available in these community languages:
Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, Italian, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.How GLASS is Funded
The LEAD Group Inc. currently receives no financial support from the Australian federal Department of the Environment, previously known as the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC).
DSEWPaC provided funding for 6 years ending 30th June 2013. The fate of our Global Lead Advice and Support Service (GLASS) is uncertain, so we have launched a new Lead Safe World Project including a website at www.leadsafeworld.com and we are looking for companies and other organisations to become Lead Safe World Partners and contribute to building up solutions to lead problems on the new site, but also to resourcing GLASS – for the good of all.
Achievements and Vision of GLASS
As at March 2015, GLASS is entirely run by volunteers who handle over 5,000 enquiries per annum. To June 2013, GLASS has answered over 100,191 queries and as of December 2014 The LEAD Group’s website has been viewed by over 2,967,295 people from over 230 countries and territories. Australia is the biggest lead exporter in the world and this tiny little under-funded community group will strive to continue to provide the necessary information and support to all who need it to manage lead safely throughout the world. Please donate money, or time to help us to get grants or sponsorship and regulatory change so we have continued funding until lead poisoning is eliminated globally and the environment is protected from lead in all its uses by either bans or appropriate controls.
Please donate at: http://www.leadsafeworld.com/donations or Phone: +61 2 9716 0014
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Last Updated 29 March 2015