|M-CLEAN meetings suspended until further notice|
As you may imagine, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is turning much of its attention to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) response and slowing the spread. Many MDH staff are being re-assigned and suspending or delaying work as needed. We, along with many others, are cancelling face-to-face meetings and gatherings to help reduce the spread of the virus. Due to the suspension of all in-person meetings, there will be no
M-CLEAN meetings until further notice. Please visit the MDH COVID-19 web page for information on strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota, COVID-19 hot line numbers, situation updates, links to web pages and other resources in multiple languages, and much more. As you hear questions, these MDH web pages can provide helpful information and resources.
We have new fact sheets that are available to download on our
lead educational materials web page:
Lead in Imported Products
Protect Children from Lead with Healthy Foods
Cleaning Up Lead Dust in Your Home
Simplified Cleaning Up Lead Dust in Your Home
The new fact sheets are currently only available in English, but they will be available in 11 other languages soon. We also added a Lead and Cadmium in Children’s Jewelry fact sheet and updated the Lead Awareness infographic, which are both available in English and Spanish.
Please contact Duzong Yang at [email protected] with any questions related to educational materials.
Recalls on lead-contaminated consumer products
Children’s winter boots, tool kits, tricycles, and lounge chairs were recently recalled by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) because they were in violation of the federal lead paint ban and federal lead content ban. Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of the remedies identified in recall press releases may not be available at this time. CPSC recommends consumers to check with recalling firms for more details.
To help families identify hidden hazards and keep their home safe during COVID-19, CPSC created a series of Home Safe Checklists. Please print the checklists that work for you or share them with your network:
Home Safe with Young Children
Home Safe with Older Children
Home Safe with Seniors
Home Safe with for Everyone
Skin Lightening Products Public Awareness and Education Grant awardees
Last year, there was a call for proposals for the Skin Lightening Products Public Awareness and Education Grant. The purpose for this grant is to increase public awareness and education on the dangers of mercury in skin lightening products that are manufactured in other countries, brought into the United States and sold illegally online or in stores. After reviewing competitive applications, four organizations were awarded:
Community -based organizations and non-profit organizations
The Beautywell Project
Local public health entities
Dakota County Public Health
Minneapolis Health Department
Read more about each of the grantees’ intended work through the Skin Lightening Products Public Awareness and Education Grant.
Articles of interest
Blood Lead Levels in U.S. Women of Childbearing Age
Lead Exposure in Newly Resettled Pediatric Refugees in Syracus, NY
Tactical Thinking: Housing Codes and Lead Poisoning Prevention
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in these articles, reports, and blogs are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Minnesota Department of Health.