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Two Landlords Face Enforcement Actions in Rhode Island after Multiple Children Develop Lead Poisoning

By: WebWire

Rhode Island's Attorney General Peter Neronha recently filed a complaint and petition for enforcement with the Providence Superior Court against two landlords after multiple children in a rental property were found to have elevated blood lead levels. The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is reported to have inspected the building that was constructed in 1900 and found lead exposure risks in the soil around the property as well as in bedrooms and other rooms throughout the building.

Lead-based paints and dusts contaminated with lead are some of the most common sources of lead exposure for children. Unfortunately, many homes and properties built before 1978 still contain lead-based paints. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that even today, there are millions of households with children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead.

“In Rhode Island, all children who live in the state must be screened at least twice for blood lead levels before they are 36 months old,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “While exposure to lead is dangerous for everyone, children are especially vulnerable due to their growing bodies and tendency to put their hands and objects into their mouths. Lead poisoning can result in developmental delays, learning difficulties, hearing loss and numerous other issues. Fortunately, testing for lead can identify exposure risks so they can be removed or mitigated. At EMSL, our laboratories across the United States and Canada provide comprehensive lead testing services for indoor and outdoor samples. We offer all of the sampling supplies needed and even have easy-to-use test kits to identify lead from paint chips, dust, and water samples.”

EMSL has also sponsored an educational video about protecting children from lead poisoning that can be seen at:

To learn more about lead or other environmental, health and safety testing services, please visit, call (800)220-3675 or email . To access test kits for lead and other indoor environmental quality (IEQ) issues, visit

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP 797, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC's, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products, and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP, and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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