WHE Continues to Address Lead Exposure 
in the Region
Making a difference, one neighborhood at a time...
There are many pathways to lead exposure - paint, dust, water, soil, toys, glazed ceramics (dishware), hobby gear and materials, as well as residue from certain occupations. Lead is a known neurotoxin, which means it impairs developing brains. Exposure can lead to many other health impacts including hearing and speech problems, developmental delays, decreased kidney function and premature birth. There is no amount of "safe" exposure to lead. This summer our executive director wrote a letter to the editor, published in the Post-Gazette:
Regarding lead in water, we are not 'in the clear.'

The good news is lead poisoning is preventable. There are simple steps you can take in the home to avoid lead exposure, such as frequent wet mopping, dusting, and washing hands. Professionals should always be consulted for renovations on homes built before 1978. We have compiled a fact sheet that lists additional actions here.

Thanks to the generous support of The Heinz Endowments, Women for a Healthy Environment continues to distribute water pitchers that filter for lead to those in the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority service area most at risk - pregnant women and households with children under the age of six. Here are tips for avoiding lead exposure in drinking water.

If you would like WHE staff to present on lead exposures and solutions to your community group, free of charge, contact our office at 412-404-2872 or info@WomenForAHeatlhyEnvironment.org. 
Asthma Summit September 8, 2017

The 2017 Asthma Summit will  highlight the impact of  pollution in the Pittsburgh region on health outcomes,
including  asthma. The Summit will present the latest
findings on the relationship between local air pollution  and asthma prevalence and feature local
and national keynote speakers.

The Summit will also address public health measures  and the use of emerging technology to monitor and
improve health outcomes related to air pollution.

Act 48 and CME credits are available.



1000 Hours a Year Campaign Continues

Children spend 1000 hours a year in school and child care. Help us protect them there by asking your school or early learning provider to participate in this FREE program

Healthy schools make for healthy learning. Which is why we've teamed up to help schools, child care centers and after-school programs in Allegheny County address environmental hazards, like lead and radon, to keep children healthy and safe in the places they learn. 

Free resources, technical assistance and funding are available through this program

Back to School!

It's that time of year! Perhaps you have a child, grandchild, niece or nephew embarking on a new school year. No doubt the "Back to School Wishlist" will soon arrive. Here are a few tips to help make their new year toxic-free.
 
Markers: choose water-based. Dry-erase, scented and permanent markers contain harmful chemicals.
 
Paint: water-based and colored with natural, non-metal pigments.
 
L unch box: free of PVC, BPA or antimicrobial chemicals.
 
Water bottle: stainless steel or aluminum bottle, free of BPA (or BPS) lining.
 
Hand sanitizers: alcohol-based, fragrance-free and triclosan-free.

CLICK HERE for the full list!
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