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Alameda County, CA,

Larry Brooks
Healthy Homes Department
Including the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Possible Sources of Lead

Less Common Sources of Lead

  • Lead in Artificial Turf Fields and Playgrounds - A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory.
    Center for Environmental Health - offers testing of artificial turf and a survey of lead in artificial turf in California.
  • Vinyl Mini Blinds - The brands of miniblinds in question appear to be imported from Asia. When these particular miniblinds are exposed to sunlight over time, the plastic deteriorates and lead dust is released. You can check your blinds with a home test kit available at your hardware or paint store.
  • Imported Kohl or Surma - This black eyeliner, which is used by some people in the Arab, Asian, Indian, Pakistani and Afghani communities often contains lead. Makeup can be tested for lead content.
  • Calcium supplements and antacids - Some supplements and antacids from natural sources such as bone meal, oyster shell or dolomite may contain lead. To find out more about a particular brand, contact the manufacturer or the Natural Resources Defense Council at (415) 777-0220.
  • Public Playground Equipment - Some public playground equipment may have chipping and peeling lead paint. If the paint on equipment is in good condition, it is not generally considered a hazard. Peeling paint on playground equipment can be tested for lead content.
  • Some Other Sources:

    Costume jewelry (necklaces, charms, rings)
    Used car batteries
    Fishing sinkers
    Lead solder
    Stained glass
  • Mexican Candies - Some candies and candy wrappers made in Mexico, such as tamarind and those with chili, have contained lead in the past. For more information click here.
  • Health Alerts and Product Recalls - Some products may contain harmful levels of lead. To find out more about Health Alerts and Product Recalls click on the links below.
  • Occupational Health Hazards - The California Department of Health Services Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provides information and services designed to prevent and control lead poisoning in California workplaces. To find out more click on the link below.

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