County of Marin Health and Human Services

Marin County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Marin County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program works towards eliminating childhood lead poisoning and promoting lead-safe work practices.  Lead-based paint is of a particular concern in Marin County, where more than 74% of the housing was built before 1978.  The older the home, the more likely that there are high levels of lead in the paint. Chipping paint, flaking paint, or paint that is being scraped, sanded, or disturbed during remodeling or repairing can create lead dust.

Contractors: Lead-Safe Work Practices

The Marin County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program reaches out to workers about how to protect themselves and their loved ones. On the job, workers need to protect themselves from exposure to lead dust. At home, workers can carry dust on their clothing back to their homes, and expose their children to lead.

Every applicant for a building permit involving a structure built before January 1, 1978 must show proof of successful completion of the Lead-Safe Work Practices Quiz.  If all questions are answered correctly, you will be prompted to continue to the “LSWP Certificate” page. Your name and the date you took the Quiz will be displayed automatically on the Certificate.  The certificate is valid for one year.

  1. Print and Sign the Certificate
  2. Attach to your building permit application.
  3. Keep a copy for any future permit applications. 

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

The Marin County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program focuses on several approaches to keep kids lead-safe.  Educational outreach is conducted year-round with community partners.  

Top Tips for Lead Poisoning Prevention:

  1. Learn about and avoid toys with lead.  Start by checking toy recalls and children's product recalls.  
  2. Consider hiring a certified inspector to check for lead hazards in older homes.  
  3. Report chipped or cracked paint to your landlord if you live an older home built before 1978.