Lead Poisoning Prevention Workshops

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Lead exposure can occur due to the presence of lead in older paint, plumbing, soil, and even household items. With education, awareness, and action, you can prevent lead poisoning!

Community Energy Project offers two different year-round lead poisoning prevention workshops, each providing a free safety kit for qualified participants, and participants qualify for our free HEPA-Vacuum lending program.

Get Involved with our Lead Poisoning Prevention Program:

Lead Poisoning Prevention Workshop

Prevent exposure in day-to-day living, especially in old housing. This workshop teaches participants:

  • The history and modern-day uses of lead
  • How we are exposed to lead, and health impacts
  • Common sources of lead in the home
  • How to test for lead
  • How to avoid exposure
  • Additional resources

This workshop is perfect for:

  • Anyone currently pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Families with children aged 0-6 years old
  • Those living in a home built before 1978
  • Anyone who wants to know more about lead and methods for preventing exposure

Lead-Safe Home Projects Workshop

Learn how to conduct a lead-paint disturbing project using safe work practices

  • History and modern-day uses of lead
  • How we are exposed to lead, and health impacts
  • Proper techniques for containing and cleaning lead dust
  • Best practices for lead-paint disturbing projects
  • Personal protective equipment for your lead project
  • How to work with a contractor to ensure best practices are used

This workshop is perfect for:

  • Anyone planning a paint-disturbing project in a pre-1978 home or older furniture/items
  • Those wanting information about finding and working with lead-certified contractors
  • Anyone who wants to know more about lead-safe work methods

HEPA Vacuum Lending Program

After attending one of our Lead Poisoning Prevention workshops, you are eligible to borrow a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuum. HEPA vacuums are the only guaranteed way to pick up lead dust and debris safely, especially from fibers like carpet. Loans are available for up to 2 weeks and are completely free. If you have not attended a workshop, please go to our online calendar and register for an upcoming lead workshop prior to requesting a unit.

Request a HEPA Vacuum


Local and State Programs

Community Alliance of Tenants: Renters’ Rights Hotline

Fair Housing Council of Oregon: Landlord Education

Growing Gardens: Free Lead-in-Soil Testing

Multnomah County: Free Lead Screening Clinics

Oregon RRP and Lead-Based Paint Training

Portland Housing Bureau: Lead Hazard Reduction Grant

Portland Water Bureau: Free Lead-in-Water Testing

Lead Safety Resources

Consumer Product Safety Commission: Product Recalls

EPA: National List of Accredited Lead Laboratories

EPA: Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right

Multnomah County: Leadline

National Sanitation Foundation: Certified Water Filters

Oregon Health Authority: Lead Poisoning and Exposure to Lead

Regional School Districts and Lead

Centennial School District: Environmental Safety in Schools

Gresham-Barlow School District: Environmental Safety and Health

Portland Public Schools: Healthy and Safe Schools

Reynolds School District: Lead Testing