New commission focuses on eliminating lead exposure risks

“No amount of lead exposure is safe for children, so we need to eliminate lead hazards that pose a danger before exposure occurs,” -Lt. Governor Brian Calley
The child lead poisoning elimination board developed six key ways to keep kids safe from lead in every community.

As chair of the Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board, which released its roadmap in November, LG Calley believes that focusing on eliminating lead hazards that can result in lead exposure needs to remain a priority. The board recommended that a permanent commission be created to address this issue and focus on implementation of the board’s recommendations.

This week, Gov. Snyder signed an executive order creating the Child Lead Exposure Commission, which will coordinate and collaborate on programs and policies focused on protecting children from lead exposure.

The 15-member commission includes professionals with a wide variety of expertise, including many members of the Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board. The board will be chaired by Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive Eden Wells.

Truly eliminating lead hazards will take a collaborative approach and education is a key part of that effort. Earlier this month, LG Calley spoke to lead poisoning prevention advocates at the Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Homes annual lead education day at the Capitol.

The Lt. Governor thanked advocates for their work to protect children from lead exposure, nothing that dealing with lead exposure is a long-term problem that can’t be fixed overnight. Until we eliminate every lead risk, which includes paint, soil, dust and water, the work to protect children from exposure won’t be complete.

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