USET OERM Webinar | Learning About Lead Exposure in Tribal Children
August 8, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT
The USET Office of Environmental Resource Management presents
the Learning About Lead Exposure in Tribal Children Webinar
Lead has been globally recognized as a substance that has serious health consequences if consumed, especially for children. Clean and safe water is essential for Tribal existence and is paramount to building a successful economy, educational and public health systems, and most importantly, a future for children who could potentially be exposed to lead. With funding appropriated from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USET OERM is introducing our Lead Testing program. Our goal is to reduce lead in the drinking water of our Member Tribal Nations’ schools and childcare facilities by sampling water and implementing EPA’s 3Ts model. This webinar will provide all the information needed about lead, its physical and health properties, and guidance to tackle this silent epidemic.
- August 8, 2023, at 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central/11:00 am – 12:00 pm Eastern
- September 19, 2023, at 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central/11:00 am – 12:00 pm Eastern
Who should attend: Tribal Leaders, Health Directors, Education Directors, Education Faculty/Staff, Tribal Administrators, Clinic Staff, Tribal utility workers at USET member Tribal Nations
What: This webinar will cover the following:
- Intro To Lead Program, Purpose, and Personnel
- What is Lead? – Chemical, Physical, and Historical Lead Use/Regulation Timeline
- Adverse Heath Effects of Lead
- Remediation Efforts
- EPA’s 3Ts Standards and Guidance
Lead Program Summary:
Lead is a naturally occurring heavy metal that is globally recognized as a substance that has serious health consequences if consumed, especially for children. The adverse health effects range, from lowered birth weight and slowed physical and mental development in infants, to lowered IQ levels, impaired hearing, reduced attention span, and poor classroom performance in young children. Clean and safe water is essential and paramount to building a sustainable economy, successful educational and public health systems, and most importantly, a healthy and productive environment for children.
The USET Office of Environmental Resource Management (OERM) is introducing our Lead Testing program, which is funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The OERM Lead Testing program has adopted the EPA 3 Ts program for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities. This program was developed to help schools and child-care facilities to implement a voluntary program for reducing lead in drinking water.
Our Lead Testing program promotes voluntary training, testing of drinking water for lead, and taking corrective action if problems are identified. For USET Member Tribal Nation participants, OERM is offering assistance to conduct testing at Tribal schools and child-care facilities. USET will assist with sampling Tribal childcare facilities, and will collect data such as sampling results and facility location on behalf of participating Member Tribal Nations. Member Tribal Nations may store data on a secure USET server that is only accessible by the respective Member Tribal Nation.
We survey Tribal childcare facilities to prioritize the needs of our respective Member Tribal Nation community.
For USET Member Tribal Nations who are interested in participating in our Lead Testing program, please complete the Lead Testing program application.
For more information, please contact USET’s Lead Program team: