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If you’re looking for our program information, the first place to go is the Resource Library. You may be particularly interested to see our most recent annual summary of children’s blood lead level (BLL) results. Note that Fact Sheets, FAQs, Newsletters and brochures are tailored for a public audience. If you are a health or environmental professional, you may be looking for more detailed information. Depending on what you’re looking for, check out our reports and the 2010 public consultation summary (pdf).  

If you are interested in the results of two Trail area health studies that assessed risks for cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and chronic renal disease (CRD), here are the summary conclusions and links to the full studies:

Cancer Study, conducted in 1992 by the BC Cancer Agency.  This examination of incidence and mortality data from the Trail School District does not suggest that environmental contamination from heavy metals is associated with an elevated risk of developing cancer.  Click here for the full study in the Reports section of our Resource Library. 

IBD and CRD Study, conducted in 1994 by the Epidemiology section of the BC Ministry of Health.  This study examined rates of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and chronic renal disease (CRD) hospitalizations and mortality in Trail compared with the wider region.  The findings showed that Trail had lower rates of inflammatory bowel disease and similar rates of chronic renal disease compared to the Thompson-Okanagan-Kootenay Region.  Click here for the full study.

Here are links to other sites and documents that our program professionals use. If you need to convert BLL results into µg/dL, click here.

Health Canada
For Health Canada’s webpages on Lead and Human Health.

These pages have excellent information and links.
Health Canada’s consumer protection information on consumer product recalls. To get information about recalls of children’s products containing lead, scroll down that page to “Search for Consumer Product Recalls”.  Enter “lead” in the keyword box, select a relevant time period, and select “children’s products” in the last box.  
For Health Canada’s most recent study on Lead and Bisphenol A Concentrations in the Canadian Population released in 2011,

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) Environmental Health Services division has information on environmental health policy, practice and research.  

Another useful Canadian resource is the Edmonton Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit. The Edmonton Unit is part of the North American network of Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units and offers education, health care, and consultations.  

US Centre for Disease Control and EPA
The US CDC’s webpages on Childhood lead poisoning prevention.

The US CDC publications on lead.

Two US resources we use are the most recent US Environmental Protection Agency information on blood lead levels, and the CDC’s 2005 study on lead poisoning prevention.

For environmental health continuing education courses for professionals, here’s a link to an online course offered by the US Centre for Disease Control. Or go directly to the exercises on lead

Healthy Homes Programs
For information on a comprehensive “healthy homes” approach to reducing environmental hazards in the home environment, see the US resources we use.

Healthy Home Program Guidance Manual

Healthy Homes Seven Tips for Keeping a Healthy Home

Healthy Homes Maintenance Checklist

The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Healthy Homes

Preventing Lead Exposure in Young Children: A Housing-Based Approach to Primary Prevention of Lead Poisoning

Other Professional Links 
To convert blood lead level (BLL) information from umol/L to µg/dL
(Note that international guidance and reporting on BLLs uses µg/dL).