What is lead and its associated hazards?

Lead is a toxic, naturally occurring element and heavy metal in our environment that was widely used in commercial products such as gasoline, paint, cosmetics, spices, and pottery. Lead exposure in children can cause nervous system and kidney damage, as well as learning disabilities, attention-deficit disorder, and decreased intelligence. It can also cause behavior, speech, and language problems, hearing damage, decreased muscle and bone growth, and poor muscle coordination.

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1. What is lead and its associated hazards?
2. What dwellings are required to be inspected and what dwellings are exempt?
3. What are the requirements of property owners under P.L. 2021, c. 182?
4. What are the requirements of municipalities under P.L. 2021, c. 182?
5. What are the penalties for failure to comply with the Act?
6. What investigations are required under the Act?
7. How does one identify lead-based paint hazards?
8. What is the periodic inspection procedure?
9. What are dust wipe samplings?
10. What is a visual assessment?
11. What does interim controls mean?
12. What does abatement mean?
13. Who can perform lead evaluation?
14. Who can perform lead remediation work?
15. What is required for municipal record keeping to be in compliance with the Act?