Chemical Exposures and Lead
The purpose of the Chemical Exposures Subcommittee is to understand and predict disease and disabilities from changing chemical exposures and metals, including lead, to children across their life stages. This subcommittee facilitates interagency coordination around priority chemical and lead exposure issues, and is a vehicle for coordinating research activities and educating the public.
The goals of this subcommittee include:
- Coordinating the generation and dissemination of information on existing chemical exposures for decision makers
- Coordinating among federal agencies to enhance communication related to chemical exposures raised by Congress, the White House, the public, and other stakeholders
- Coordinating the development of methods and models to enhance exposure assessment relevant to regulatory goals (e.g., product safety) through environmental monitoring, observational exposures studies, and biomonitoring
- Promoting programs that encourage sustainable chemicals management, voluntary programs that promote the use of products containing low-toxicity/non-toxic chemicals, and integrated pest management programs that help promote the safe use of chemicals in settings where children are present
- Leading discussions on:
- Agency priority issues related to children’s chemical exposures
- Findings of the chemical analyses of children's biological samples in the Children's Health Exposure Analysis Resource: National Exposure Assessment Laboratory Network
- Cross-agency data sources available on product formulations
- Advances in chemical safety testing approaches to understand the range of risks of environmental chemical exposures to the developing human fetus, infants, and children
- Updates concerning ongoing research activities on bisphenol A and other endocrine disruptors
- Health effects associated with children’s blood lead levels lower than 10 micrograms/dL
- Potential health effects in children exposed developmentally to phthalates
Cross-Agency Biospecimen Resources Identification Activity
The Subcommittee identified a list of federal agency biospecimen resources that could provide for potential additional measurements of children's chemical exposures. Although the list was for internal government use, the realization that there was no central record of government-supported biobanks helped to lead to the creation of the Children’s Health Exposure Analysis Resource (CHEAR). The goal of CHEAR is to provide tools so researchers can assess the full range of environmental exposures that may affect children's health.
Eliminating Childhood Lead Poisoning: A Federal Strategy Targeting Lead Paint Hazards
In 2000, the Task Force released a set of recommendations aimed at eliminating childhood lead poisoning in the United States. The report focuses primarily on expanding efforts to correct lead paint hazards (especially in low-income housing), a major source of lead exposure for children.
Key Federal Programs to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Eliminate Associated Health Impacts
This report of the President's Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children catalogs federal efforts to understand, prevent, and reduce various sources of lead exposure among children. The report, Key Federal Programs to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Eliminate Associated Health Impacts, provides a starting point for a comprehensive federal lead strategy, and will enable increased coordination and collaboration among federal agencies to further protect the nation's children.