Lead is a common metal used through the centuries to make items like tools, paint, plumbing, dishware, art products, and folk remedies. There is documentation that even during the time of Socrates, lead was creating a health risk among those working in the lead and silver mines. Lead hazards among children and adults have come to public attention more recently because of studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control, Dr. Herbert Needleman, Pittsburgh School of Public Health, and Dr. Hoo, Harvard School of Medicine, which documented significant damage caused in children, especially in children younger than six years of age. Health effects of even small doses of lead include learning disabilities, hearing loss, and speech impairment in children; hypertension, reproductive damage, kidney damage, & neural damage in adults, and other effects on unborn children. As a result, identifying lead sources in the environments of dwellings and work places where young children, women, workers, and others spend time, is vital to safeguarding public health.
Midwest Environmental Consulting, L.L.C. (MEC) staff have been providing lead inspection, project development and monitoring, and consultation services for over twenty years. The staff actively participates on committees that develop the rules, regulations, and standards for many of the lead environmental protocols currently in use. MEC staff provides training in safe lead work and inspection practices with Minnesota Department of Health approved courses.