The Lead-Safe and Healthy Housing Division consists of 2 branches. One branch contains the District’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) and is also developing the District’s Healthy Homes Program. The other branch is responsible for compliance with the District’s lead laws and for enforcement of those laws, and also handles lead abatement permitting, lead training provider accreditation, and the certification of lead professionals.
The CLPPP has several principal duties: it is responsible for the processing of all blood lead test results for children under six years of age who live in the District, for the maintenance of the District’s secure electronic database holding these results, and for the analysis of blood lead test results; and CLPPP staff provide professional case management services, working closely with families that include a child with an elevated blood lead level, and perform outreach work to prevent lead exposure in high-risk communities.
The Division’s compliance and enforcement branch works daily to ensure property owners and those working on older homes in the District are in compliance with the District’s lead laws. Enforcement staff respond to complaints about peeling paint and about unsafe work practices involving pre-1978 properties. They also follow up on cases involving lead poisoned children, making sure the homes that they live in are lead safe.
The Division’s Lead-Based Paint Accreditation, Certification and Permitting Program staff are responsible for:
- Reviewing and processing lead abatement permit applications;
- Reviewing and processing applications from training providers who wish to become accredited in the District to teach courses lead professionals need to take; and
- Reviewing and processing applications from lead professionals who wish to become certified to work in the District of Columbia.