RHP’s certified industrial hygienists, public health scientists, and certified safety professionals have the experience and knowledge to test drinking water for a variety of USEPA regulated water quality parameters including lead in drinking water and create action plans to minimize exposures, provide consulting on the EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule, perform water testing at facilities to meet Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) requirements, test water at schools to meet Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) requirements, and perform water quality testing as part of property transactions.

Lead can enter drinking water when lead containing plumbing materials corrode. The most common sources of lead in drinking water include lead pipes, faucets, and fixture. Lead is considered a toxic metal that can be harmful to human health at low exposures and young children, infants, and fetuses are particularly vulnerable to lead because the negative health effects of lead occur at lower exposure levels in children. According to Part 407 Rule from the Administrative Code Division of the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office, DCFS advises a mitigation and implementation plan for each water supply with a result of 2.01 ppb or above.

Lead in Water Testing for Illinois Schools / Daycares

RHP experts have also worked closely with numerous schools and daycares (homes and centers) to meet testing requirement within Illinois Public Act 99-0922 and testing and training requirements within the Joint Committee on Administrative Code: Illinois DCFS Licensing Standards for Day Cares. RHP conducts lead-in-water sampling following best practice guidance with reference to Joint Committee on Administrative Code: Illinois DCFS Licensing Standards for Day Cares and Policy Guide 2017.13, dated December 6, 2017. sent for analysis to an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) accredited and DCFS approved laboratory for lead-in-water analysis.

Following lead in water testing, RHP also provides guidance on implementation of a mitigation plan for all plumbing fixtures identified to contain detectable lead levels as described in the IDPH guidance document “Mitigation Strategies for Lead Found in School Drinking Water” and the EPAs “3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities”.

Effective January 1, 2019, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) licensing standards have been updated to reflect recent legislation (225 ILCS 10/5.9) which requires all day care home applicants, license holders, and directors receive lead safety training and receive a certificate of completion. RHP offers an online course for all day care home applicants, license holders, and directors which covers mitigation strategies for lead in water and the impact of lead exposure in children.

For further references and RHP White Papers on the topic, see: rhprisk.com/white-papers

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