Allegheny County Health Department receives grant to tackle lead issues, creates Lead Task Force

Allegheny County Health Department receives grant to tackle lead issues, creates Lead Task Force

The Allegheny County Health Department announced Wednesday that it has received a $300,000 grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation to support the expansion of the department’s lead activities. 

The grant is expected to provide the support needed to inform, prevent, screen and monitor the risks of lead found in homes across the county. The funds will go towards examining and updating the current housing-based lead program and associated policies to ensure it is following the best evidence-based practices for lead poisoning prevention, surveillance and intervention, according to a statement by the ACHD.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Health Board considers mandatory lead testing of young children

Allegheny County Health Board considers mandatory lead testing of young children

The Allegheny County Board of Health met Wednesday to consider a proposal that would require lead testing for young children. 

According to the proposed measure, children between the ages of nine and 12 months and again at two years old, would be required to undergo blood testing to detect if lead is present in their system.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Philadelphia, Allegheny County release reports on anti-lead exposure efforts

Philadelphia, Allegheny County release reports on anti-lead exposure efforts

Both Philadelphia and Allegheny County Monday released reports on anti-lead exposure efforts within their respective jurisdictions showing differing levels of progress in combatting exposure to lead.

 

In light of recent reports showing elevated levels of lead in public drinking water provided by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), an audit by Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner shows that the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has not prioritized responding to local concerns. 

 

“Right now, no agency is taking the lead on ensuring that this issue is addressed- and the Health Department should be that agency,” said Wagner at a Monday afternoon press conference. “No other agency has the scientific expertise, the ear of the community on public health issues, the partnerships with the philanthropic community, and- most importantly- the authority over our fragmented structure of water services."

Tuesday, December 20, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll

Allegheny County Board of Health limits e-cigarette use in public places

The Allegheny County Board of Health approved regulations Wednesday to limit the use of e-cigarettes in public places. 


With all ten board members vote, and one abstention, they passed regulations that would prohibit “vaping” where smoking is prohibited- with the exception of speciality stores making 50 percent of their income from the sale of those products- and would limit the use of e-cigs and vape products by food service workers during work hours. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Allegheny County Health Department listens to public's view on proposed e-cigarette legislation

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) heard public testimony on Monday on a draft of proposed regulations that would limit the use of e-cigarettes in indoor public spaces. 

Proposed regulations would, in Allegheny County, prohibit “vaping” where smoking is prohibited, with the exception of specialty stores making most of their income from the sale of those products and would limit the use of e-cigs and vape products by food service workers during work hours. 
Monday, August 15, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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