January 9, 2020
Philadelphia City Council passes lead testing bill, effective 10/2020
Beginning October 2020, the City of Philadelphia will require landlords to test pre-1978 buildings for lead every four years. The Philadelphia City Council recently passed the law in hopes of preventing some of the 1,500 cases of childhood lead poisonings reported each year.
Lead paint poisoning can cause mental and physical developmental problems for young children. The paint was banned in the United States in 1978, but buildings constructed before then can expose children to lead if top layers of paint chip.
Health Partners Plans is proud to be a member of the Lead Free Philly Coalition, which supported the passage of the bill.