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Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention Program


~ Lead Safety Training Sessions for Remodeling, Repair, & Painting ~
~ Homeowner's Guide to Housing Resources (.pdf) ~
~ Homeowner's Guide to Housing Resources Spanish(.pdf) ~
~ Information for Contractors ~
~ Information for Homeowners ~

The goal of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention (CLPPP) Program is to reduce exposure to lead based paint hazards and ultimately prevent childhood lead poisoning. The CLPPP program targets specific geographic areas that have a high incidence of Elevated Blood Lead Levels (EBLL) and a significant number of older homes. Older homes, or houses built before 1978, may contain lead based paint on interior and exterior surfaces.

Since the New York State Department of Health has identified the 12601 zip code as the area within Dutchess County with the highest annual incidence of EBLL, the City of Poughkeepsie is currently designated as the target area for the Dutchess County CLPPP program. In addition, with more than 70% of housing in the City of Poughkeepsie built before 1970, the potential for lead exposure in this area is high.

The Dutchess County CLPPP program seeks to educate people about how to identify the existence of lead-based paint; how lead-based paint affects the body; the dangers it presents to people, especially children and pregnant women; where lead-based paint is most often located and how to use safe work practices to handle lead-based paint hazards. As part of the CLPPP program, the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health also performs risk assessments at City of Poughkeepsie homes to determine if the dwellings are lead safe. Property owners, landlords, and tenants in the City of Poughkeepsie may contact the Department for more information about the CLPPP program.

The following resources also offer additional information about the Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention Program:


Resource Links for Contractors:


    - Window and Door Replacement Class (Wipe Out Lead Training Series) - Register through BOCES
This three-day training will be held on weeknights from 6pm - 9pm and will include a discussion about lead-based paint and how to deal with contaminated materials during window and door replacement.  Students will learn how to measure for new units, the proper technique to remove door and window units and how to install energy efficient ones. Individuals interested in registering for this class should visit the Dutchess County BOCES website and follow the link for the ALI Course Catalog.  Licensed contractors in the City of Poughkeepsie may qualify for a tuition reduction.  This class is offered by Dutchess County BOCES ALI in collaboration with the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health.

    - Lead Safety for Remodeling, Repair, & Painting (RRP) - Register through BOCES

Dutchess BOCES ALI in collaboration with the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health is conducting an EPA Certification Class in Lead Safety for Remodeling, Repair, & Painting (RRP).  Certification in RRP and use of lead safe work practices is required for contractors and other workers who perform renovation, repair and painting activities in homes and childcare facilities built prior to 1978. Individuals interested in registering for one of these RRP trainings should visit the Dutchess County BOCES website and follow the Lead Safety [RRP] link.  Eligible individuals may qualify for reduced tuition.


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For Homeowners:

If your home was built before 1978 it may contain lead paint. Common activities such as sanding and scraping painted surfaces, or removing old paint with a heat gun can produce dangerous lead dust, chips and fumes. Methods for lead-safe removal may be found in the The Homeowner's Guide to Lead-Safe Painting And Home Improvement (.pdf) brochure.

A video program Don’t Spread the Lead also shows how to handle small repairs or renovations safely.

Caution: This video only applies to owner-occupied residences, not to rental situations. If you have tenants or you are leasing your home you must follow the new regulations as outlined in the United States Environmental Protection Agency‘s Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program Final Rule, 40 Code of Federal Regulations Part 745 see Frequently Asked Questions above.


- US EPA Certified Lead Renovation Firms -

Effective April 22, 2010, all contractor, renovator, repair or painting firms must be trained in lead safe work practices under the US EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule prior to working on pre-1978 housing and child occupied facilities.  These firms must also make application to the US EPA to become a certified firm. This training addresses work done in pre-1978 residential housing and child occupied facilities (e.g. day cares, schools) when more than 6 square feet/per room of interior paint or 20 square feet of exterior paint is or will be disturbed.  You can click on the following web link to the US EPA’s locator to identify and locate those renovation, repair and painting firms in the Dutchess County area that are certified by the US EPA:

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A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health
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