When a pediatrician finds an elevated lead blood level (bll) in a child under 7, the San Francisco Building Department is notified.
This is followed by an inspection and usually a SFDBI Notice of Violation outlining the lead dust cleanup necessary to safeguard the child.
Many parents in our old City are proactive and want lead-based paint inspections before it impacts the health of a child.
Lead dust forms when two painted surfaced rub – like a door and frame. Microscopic dust falls on the floor below this friction point of the door and frame. A toddler crawls through the dust. Then the toddler puts tiny hands into his/her mouth.
Then the child’s pediatrician does a blood test and finds elevated levels of lead.
Most medical articles that I have read about lead-based paint in children under 7 discuss the brain damage done as irreversible.