Lead Resource Fair

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Reports from Exhibitors

Ellie at the SoilSHOP table reports: We had a total of 3 soilSHOP participants. One person had lead values that were very high, Shannon from EPA Region 5 will be following up with her. Another community member was able to use the screen to determine they had a safe area to install a swing set/ play area in their backyard.

There were 26 registered guests although there were many more people browsing around.



Some interesting questions

Will Cleveland Water department test water in a high rise building?

A landlord asked: Why do I have to test every two years?

What worked

Needs Improvement

Who should have included?

It might be helpful to have some homeowners (that utilized public funding) briefly share their successful lead remediation/abatement stories and encourage people to stop by the board of health's table. 

Other comments 

Just wanted to say it was a great event! Thank you!

Could this be a model for next year's Lead Safe Resource Fair?

Oct 17, 2023. Lead poisoning is a silent menace in Lancaster; at this free event, you can test soil, toys and even kids. Lancaster County, with its old housing stock, has one of the highest rates of children with elevated blood lead levels in the state, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Lead paint was banned in 1978 but lead can still be found in paint, water pipes, soil and more. Free testing for lead will be part of a Lead Awareness Week event at Lancaster Science Factory, Saturday, Oct. 28. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be: Lead screening for children ages 6 and younger from Lancaster EMS, Soil sample testing for lead from Blackbirds at Franklin & Marshall College, Lead testing for household items, such as dishes, toys and décor from Lead-Safe Lancaster, Lead test swabs, Experts to ask lead questions and share information about free lead-abatement programs, Raffles, prizes, activities and giveaways, Free admission to the science factory (for the first 200 people). The event is part of the Lead Free Families program, which aims to fix lead problems in more than 2,800 homes by 2031. The program launched in 2021 with $50 million from Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.

Lead Resource Fair confirmed

Breaking News

Maria Jose Talayero Schettino Lead Author of The association between lead exposure and crime: A systematic review will be making a presentation on the issue of lead and crime at 11AM. You can "meet" Dr. Maria explaining her study on Vimeo.

EPA will be doing soil lead testing at their exhibitor table from 10AM-2PM. If you missed this summer's SoilSHOP events, you have another chance to have your garden or recreational soil tested for lead contamination. Follow the link to find out how to prepare a sample to be tested.

CHN Housing Partners will be present to answer questions about financial support for property owners in the City of Cleveland seeking to qualify for Lead Safe Certificates.

The first 50 participants who register will be eligible for a $10 Amazon Gift card if the visit at least 5 exhibitor tables. 

Contact info

Spencer Wells


I'll be en route to Cleveland at 7AM and on site by 9.30 AM

My backup is Yvonka Hall 216-802-8101


10.45 AM: Cuyahoga County Board of Health--Resources for remediation and the process of lead hazard control orders

11 AM: Maria Jose Talayero Schettino. Lead Author of The association between lead exposure and crime: A systematic review

11.45 AM: Bright Beginnings-Case management services for families dealing with lead issues.

12.15 PM: US EPA-Renovate Right: using lead safe practices around the home.

12.30 PM: US EPA-Lead in soil; SoilSHOP program.

12.45 PM: CLASH- Becoming a Lead Safe Advocate: Darrick Wade and the CLASHers. 🎷 🎹 *just kidding.


Here's how the Resource Fair will work.