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Lead Hazard Control

Lead (Pb) is a highly toxic metal that poses a serious health risk to humans when ingested, especially to children less than six years of age.  In the past, its use as an additive in many products was very common (i.e. leaded paint & gasoline).  Although its use is now restricted, many older homes may still contain lead paint hazards.  This is why laws require doctors to test young children for lead exposure.  Only a trained Lead Risk Assessor can identify and test homes for the presence of lead. Read more

Public Health Hazards

Everyday, you are exposed to many types of environmental contaminants and possibly disease carrying agents.  Some of these cause a great deal of anxiety for residents like cockroaches, but others like lead paint may go entirely unnoticed until a problem develops.  Being aware of these potential hazards and reducing the likelihood of exposure is important to safeguard your health.

The Environmental Health Division conducts several programs intended to reduce the risk of exposure to environmental hazards and control communicable disease carriers in Cattaraugus County. Read more

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