What does Environmental Health Do with Lead?

Nevada County Department of Environmental Health performs environmental investigations for children with elevated lead blood levels, as well as ensuring safe work practices in regards to lead-based paint.


Hazardous Lead Paint

If your building was built prior to 1978, there is a possibility that there is lead-based paint. In regards to these homes, the following work practices may create lead hazards:

  • Open flame burning or torching
  • Machine sanding/grinding without containment
  • Hydro-blasting/pressure washing without containment
  • Abrasive/sandblasting without containment
  • Dry sanding/scraping without containment

If you observe any of these unsafe work practices, please report them to Environmental Health using our Online Citizen Service Request form.

Removing Lead Paint 

Environmental Health requires a Lead Plan Check and Permit if you are Remediating or Abating lead (both permanent and non-permanent abatement).

Lead Poisoning Prevention

To learn more about how to prevent lead poisoning, please visit the Nevada County Department of Public Health's  Lead Poisoning Prevention page. Additional information can be found at the Center for Disease Control Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention page. Review drinking water in California schools through the California Waterboard's Lead Sampling of Drinking Water. If you have further questions, please contact us at Environmental Health.

Lead and Childhood Lead Poisoning

For some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's), please review the Lead and Childhood Lead Poisoning document.