BUREAU OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Our goal is to control and prevent housing/environmental conditions, which result in childhood lead poisoning. This is accomplished by providing educational information to the public, coordinating with the City agencies rehabilitating targeted high-risk affordable housing, investigating and early response to families of lead-poisoned children, enforcement of applicable laws, and response to community complaints.
Lead Program is responsible for:
HUD-Funded Grant: Lead Hazard Reduction Program
- HUD funds are used to control lead-based paint hazards in pre-1978 affordable housing occupied by young families (with children under the age of 5, pregnant women, or where young children frequently visit) in targeted high-risk areas of the City.
- Lead hazard reduction activities include scraping, priming, and repainting interior and exterior surfaces, window, and door replacement, and soil replacement.
- Property owners (single-family and multi-unit apartment owners) are responsible for only 5 – 10% of the overall cost.
- Housing that has been made lead-safe by HUD lead grant funding since the 1990s or other means is entered in the Lead-Safe Housing Directory.
- To see how your property can benefit from the Lead Hazard Reduction Program, see How the Lead Hazard Reduction Program Works.
Childhood Lead Poisoning Investigation and Outreach
- Investigation of lead-poisoned children, including blood testing and in-home environmental lead testing.
- Enforcement of environmental ordinances.
- Preventive outreach/education with families of lead-burdened children.
- For more information on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, see http://longbeach.gov/health/services/directory/clppp/
Community Complaint Response, Education, and Outreach
- Information/referrals provided to the public
- Site investigation (Complaints) performed in some cases
- Group presentations
- Educational materials provided to Long Beach residents
Services to Other Departments
- Special lead inspection/sample testing as part of the Planning and Building Department sandblasting permit process
- Lead inspection/risk assessment on City property and equipment, e.g. playground equipment, on request
- Lead paint inspection, project design, monitoring, and final clearance testing services for other City housing programs, on request
Lead Safe Housing:
The Long Beach Lead Safe Housing Units Directory is provided to inform the renting community of affordable housing units that have been made safe from lead-based paint hazards. If ingested, lead-based paint can be hazardous, particularly to children under the age of six. The units, listed below, have been made lead safe by the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services through grant funding provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The units shown in the listing above were made lead safe in the year listed but cannot be assumed to have remained lead safe unless the owner has followed an "Ongoing Lead-Based Paint Maintenance Program." Such a program includes Annual visual assessments; written notice asking occupants to report any deteriorated paint; maintenance schedules; having the property re-evaluated; the use of "lead safe work practices" and trained maintenance workers. The prospective renter or buyer should check with the owner to determine if these requirements have been met.
Registry of Lead-Safe Rental Housing Units
- Lead Safe Work Practices
- Lead Program Brochure-Tenants (English and Spanish)
- Lead Program Brochure- Owners (English and Spanish)
- City of Long Beach Laboratory Services
- Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home (English)
- Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home (Spanish)
- Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home (Tagalog)
- The Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right (English)
- The Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right (Spanish)
- Steps to Lead-Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting (English)
- Steps to Lead-Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting (Spanish)
- Lead Paint Safety: A Field Guide for Interim Controls in Painting and Home Maintenance
- Lead Poisoning and your children (English)
- Lead Poisoning and your children (Spanish)
- Lead Poisoning Home Checklist (English)
- EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Program for Consumers
- EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Program for Contractors