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QUESTION: Relationships between LiPSA, The LEAD Group and US organizations 13 Mar 2008 London, UK

G'day Oz!

There is now a UK organisation to promote awareness of LBP hazards and how to deal with them - the Lead in Paint Safety Association, otherwise known as LiPSA. We should very much like to establish a relationship with you (and US organisations), to share knowledge, expertise and explore opportunities for co-promotion etc.

Having found this link to your site:, I was amused, but not surprised, to see the writer of that page acknowledging the input of JBS - none other than Jason Bawden-Smith, himself. I have been privileged enough to spend time with Jason during a couple of recent trips that took him through London and owe him an enormous debt of gratitude for facilitating my US EPA LBP Inspector and Risk Assessor training with Patrick Connor, in Baltimore. This I completed last September.

It is a great shame that Jason has chosen to focus on other non-LBP activities, but there is no doubting his enormous contribution to the cause in Australia. He has also given me some very valuable insights to the nature of the business.

One of LiPSA's main focuses at the moment is the preparation of course material for contractors and other professionals. Although the EPA material is very comprehensive, I should be interested to review material from Australia and see what can be learned from your own unique insights and experience.

I very much look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Tristan Olivier

Secretary (acting)

Lead in Paint Safety Association (LiPSA)

M: +44 (0) 7904 689514‍

ANSWER: 04 Sep 2008

Dear Tristan,

How wonderful it is to read your email and your homepage and to know that something good is happening in the lead world on the other side of the world! Can you tell how snowed under I am here Down Under if it's taken me SIX MONTHS TO READ YOUR EMAIL????

I sincerely apologise that I simply cannot keep up with the level of inquiries I receive.

Yes it is a crying shame that Jason has all but exited from the world of lead, but if inspiring you is one of his legacies then he hasn't done too badly at all. I owe him a huge debt of gratitude.

I will ask our webmaster to add a link to your excellent site but wondered if you would prefer any changes to the summary sentences (see below - based on your About Us page) to go with the link on our Products and Services Links page [or do you prefer the Organisations page?]:

"The Lead Paint Safety Association (LiPSA), a not-for-profit organisation based in the UK, is at the forefront of efforts to promote education, best practice and compliance as the best ways to prevent unnecessary childhood and occupational lead poisoning. LiPSA welcomes enquiries from consumers, commerce, industry and the public sector wishing to address lead safety concerns."

I have found that the best way to get connected to US organisations is through two US egroups:

  1. Send an email to to subscribe to the Leadnet listserv for childhood lead poisoning prevention professionals and advocates.
  2. Send an email with Subscribe in the subject line to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.CDC.GOV to become a member of Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES) mailing list (NIOSH\DSHEFS\SB] [147 members] The ABLES program is a state-based surveillance program of laboratory-reported adult blood lead levels. The program objective is to build state capacity to initiate, expand, or improve adult blood lead surveillance programs which can accurately measure trends in adult blood lead levels and which can effectively intervene to prevent lead over-exposures. The ABLES egroup/mailing list is a forum for discussion of all issues to do with adult blood lead surveillance.

It's particularly wonderful to see the graphic on your homepage and the quote from Erik Millstone - what a great guy! It's from one of the rare books to come out of the UK on lead. What a pity he's also no longer working on lead.

Let me know soon if you want the link info changed. I hope to keep in touch with you and that your organisation is powering along.

All the best

Yours Sincerely

Elizabeth O’Brien

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