EPA Lead Poisoning Prevention Video Contest
Posted byon August 28, 2009 at 01:45 PM EDT
Grab your video camera and get the lead out!
The dangers of lead poisoning are very serious, and health problems caused by lead can impact a child for a lifetime.
We want you to help us get the word out about lead poisoning prevention, by creating videos to educate people on what they can do to prevent lead poisoning. We’re looking for 30-60 second video on anything from the dangers of lead poisoning; how to get rid of lead hazards in homes; or the importance of children being tested for harmful levels of lead in their blood.
Entries will be accepted until October 1st.
We’ll post the best videos on the EPA, HUD and CDC web sites to get the message out about lead poisoning. The best video will receive a $2,500 First Prize.
Most importantly, you’ll be helping us get the word out on an important health issue.
In young children, lead exposure can cause learning disabilities, decreased intelligence, as well as speech, language, and behavioral problems. In older children and adults, brain and nervous system disorders, high blood pressure, and reproductive problems have all been associated with lead exposure.
EPA is taking action on a number of fronts to protect children from the lead dangers. We’ll be proposing new requirements to protect children from lead-based paint poisoning including requiring more buildings to use lead-safe work practices during renovation projects, and requiring tests to ensure the renovation cleanup work meets EPA lead dust standards.
We’re also working to address lead exposures associated with the manufacture of lead wheel weights used to balance tires. That will help prevent more than 2,000 tons of lead from being released into the environment from tire weights that fall off of automobiles.
But we need your help in getting the word out. Please send us your best, most creative video to help to inspire individuals, businesses, communities, and everyone else to avoid dangerous exposure to lead.
Remember: all entries are due October 1st, and First Prize is $2500.
Read the details at here.
We look forward to seeing your video and thanks for helping to protect kids from lead poisoning.
Steve Owens is EPA Assistant Administrator for Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances
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