HUD ISSUES FINAL RULE TO HELP CHILDREN EXPOSED TO LEAD PAINT HAZARDS

Last Friday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a final rule amending HUD’s lead-based paint regulations from 20 micro-grams of lead per deciliter of blood (µg/dL) to 5 in order to reduce blood lead levels in children under 6 years residing in federally-owned or assisted housing. The new rule is in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) blood lead threshold.

“This important change to HUD’s Lead Safe Housing Rule will allow for a faster response when a young child (specifically, under six years old) is exposed to lead-based paint hazards in their HUD-assisted homes, a key component of a primary prevention strategy”. Read the full announcement here!

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FDA Rules On Safety And Effectiveness Of Antibacterial Soaps

Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”

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Hand Hygiene

The Food and Drug Administration ruled on Friday that it is banning the use of 19 active ingredients found in antibacterial soaps and washes. The most common  of these are triclosan, typically used in liquid antibacterial soaps, and triclocarban, used in bar soaps.

Manufacturers will have one year to remove the ingredients from their products, or be forced to take them off the market.  To read more click here:  http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm517478.htm

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A Call for Action on Toxic Chemicals

Every day, children and adults are exposed to a variety of chemicals found in common household items. Now a growing body of research suggests that many of these chemicals — which are used to make plastic more flexible, fruits and vegetables more abundant and upholstery less flammable — may also pose a threat to the developing brain.

Written By RONI CARYN RABIN JULY 1, 2016  for the New York Times

To read the full article click on the following link: http://nyti.ms/298PL8f

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How Safe Is Your Child In The NYC Day Care System

True or False? The New York City day care system is plagued with terrifying overcrowding and lack of oversight, putting the lives of children across the city in danger.  According to an article written by Greg B. Smith, published in the Daily News on February 11, 2016.

A Daily News investigation of the city’s 11,513 licensed day care centers (and hundreds more unlicensed facilities) found a pattern of too many kids and not enough help.

Day Care Stats

To read the full article click this link: http://interactive.nydailynews.com/2016/02/exclusive-nyc-day-cares-overcrowding-lack-oversight/

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FDA issues proposed rule to determine safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps

For years I have counseled the early education and child care industry against the use of antibacterial liquid hand soaps because of the active ingredient “triclosan”. The FDA said long-term daily use of triclosan may have hormonal effects, kills good bacteria and leads to bacterial resistance germs. The FDA is requiring the manufacturers to demonstrate that their antibacterial hand soaps are more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of infections. Click here for the details on this 2013 rule. This is a reminder because there are still an unfortunate number of programs using antibacterial soaps.

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ACE Custodial Training

It’s great working with the Association for Community Employment (ACE) in its effort to prepare their clients for full time permanent employment.  WrightCo is proud to have designed and conducted ACE’s Custodial Training.  The program includes 40 hours of classroom and hands-on training.  If you are looking for an individual who has nothing in common with 90 % of custodians we meet (because he/she has formal custodial training), call Manny Fernandez 212-274-0550 ext. 17.  He will work with you to find the individual that meets your custodial and organizational need.

 

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