Millions of houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains lead. Chips, dust, and fumes from this paint can be very dangerous if they are not handled properly. Lead is particularly hazardous to unborn babies, infants, and young children. Volunteers in painting and housing-rehabilitation programs often work in homes that contain lead paint. The work they perform can create a lead hazard if they disturb this paint and produce paint chips or dust.
Volunteers Opening Doors is a video program for these volunteers. It explains how volunteers can protect housing residents,themselves, and their families from lead poisoning by using the five keys to lead safety:
1. Protect residents and their belongings.
2. Prepare the work area.
3. Protect yourself from dust and debris.
4. Work wet.
5. Work clean.
"Volunteers Opening Doors: the Five Keys to Lead Safety" (2003). Videos. Paper 2.