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Officials begin lead testing at county health building

January 14, 2010
PITTSBURGH — Officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry have begun testing for elevated lead levels in an office building at the Allegheny County Health Department''s Clack Health Center as part of an investigation into a complaint filed by an employee in the building, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
According to the story, Nina Ewall, an inspector with the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, filed the complaint claiming that tests found levels of lead 150 times higher than the 250 micrograms per square foot threshold that would trigger a remediation and cleaning through the program.
As part of the investigation, County Health Department Director Bruce Dixon recommended that the 44 county employees, cleaning crew and painters working in the building have their blood lead levels tested at the expense of the county, the story stated.
Those working in the building should have the tests completed by Friday and results should be made available within 10 days, the story added.
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