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Larry Brooks
Healthy Homes Department
Including the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

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Free Paint Supply Kits Available

With so many houses built before 1978 here in Alameda County, we have to be careful not to disturb or expose hidden lead paint dangers. In an effort to prevent lead poisoning, free paint supply kits have been made available to Alameda County homeowners who meet the following criteria:

  • They are homeowners in Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville or Oakland.
  • They are homeowners whose property was built before 1978.
  • They are homeowners who are planning any DIY home projects.

Homeowners who meet all of the requirements above are encouraged to apply online at

Property Manager Rules for Lead-Safe Renovation

Homes and other buildings built before 1978 are likely to contain lead-based paint. Renovation, repair or painting work done in those facilities could release hazardous lead dust which can be harmful to you, your workers, and your residents. The EPA recently clarified rules for property managers.

EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule informaton for property managers

Does your company perform, offer or claim to perform RRP activities in a pre-1978 residential building or child-occupied facility?

June is Healthy Homes Month

June is National Healthy Homes Month. The 2022 campaign theme is "A Healthy Home at Any Age." The campaign's aim is to increase awareness of housing-related health hazards, lead poisoning prevention, and the overall principles of a healthy home, especially for low-income populations and to encourage residents to take the actions and steps for safe and healthy homes.
Find out more information at:

FDA Announces Recall of LeadCare Blood Lead Tests

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have issued a recall notice concerning the use of some LeadCare Blood Lead Tests distributed between 2020 and 2021. The use of these devices may cause serious injuries because they might underestimate blood lead levels. The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall.

Click here to read the full announcement.

Send Toxics Packing-Fast Free Drop Off - 4 Locations

Safely dispose of your household hazardous waste, keep your home toxic free!

Leftover household hazardous waste should never be thrown in the trash or recycling bin, flushed down the toilet, or dumped down the drain or storm sewer. Alameda County offers multiple free, convenient options for properly and safely disposing of these materials.

Household Hazardous Waste

New Report on Toxic Metals in Baby Food

UPDATE: New State of California Informational Flyer: Keeping Your Child Safe from Lead and Other Heavy Metals in Baby Foods. Congressional investigators have found toxic heavy metals in many baby food brands according to a February 4, 2021 report from the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy Committee on Oversight and Reform. The investigators examined a range of cereals, purees, and juices. A copy of the report can be found at:

For additional information on this report and toxic metals in baby foods:

Archived News

Alameda County Age-Friendly Website

Developed at the request of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors by the Alameda County Social Services Agency and Health Care Services Agency, and in partnership with the Council for Age-Friendly Communities (Age Friendly Council) to provide access to Countywide and City-specific services, information on initiatives, policies, and volunteer opportunities for older adults. Please check it out at:

Older Americans Virtual Town Hall-Fighting Back Fraud and Scams

The California Department of Insurance presented this Virtual Town Hall on Fighting Back Fraud and Scams. Click her to view the Virtual Town Hall.

Dangerous Spices: Why India's Cooking Powders Pose A Risk of Lead Poisoning

Exposure to the heavy metal from spice powders and car batteries is affecting child health across the subcontinent. A study this year by Unicef and the NGO Pure Earth documented childhood lead poisoning.

TEDx Wilmington: Why We Should Worry About Lead Poisoning In A New Home

This invisible poison travels on your hair, your clothes, your shoes, your tools and it causes permanent brain damage for children under the age of 6. This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxWilmingtonLive:

U.S. EPA Settlement With Salinas Contractor For Lead-Based Paint Violations

September 23, 2020: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with Dilbeck & Sons, Inc. for violations of federal regulations related to lead-based paint.


Effective November 22, 2019, the US EPA banned the sale of paint strippers containing methylene chloride for consumer use. Click here for more information.

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