Housing & Health

Paint, Pipes, and Poison: Pervasiveness and Proper Process

With our second webinar session, we invite you to learn about the pervasiveness of lead in our aging housing stock and the comprehensive process of lead remediation. 

Having stressed the importance of healthy homes in our previous session, we now turn towards the tools needed to make those healthy homes. Professional lead-based paint removal could cost anywhere from $9,600 to $30,000 for a 1,200- to 2,000 square ft. home. For small rental property owners and low-income households, these costs are monumental when incomes are largely dedicated to basic living expenses. 

But without sufficient knowledge, adequate equipment, and Federal certification, improper removal could cause more harm than good. The cost of doing nothing could lead to long-term health impacts, especially for young children.

In this session, experts discuss how lead is identified in homes and the process for doing so. You will learn the importance of proper removal and how localities can leverage resources to support lead-safe homes for children.

Speaker Bios

Scott Slagley is an Environmental Health Specialist and licensed Lead Risk Assessor at the Richmond City Health District. He performs lead risk assessments to investigate childhood lead poisoning cases in the City of Richmond and nearby jurisdictions in central Virginia.

Trisha Henshaw has over two decades of regulatory experience with the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation.  Trisha has been Executive Director of the Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors since 2012.  Her responsibilities include administering the licensing program for individuals and businesses performing lead-based paint abatement activities in Virginia.

Dwayne Roadcap, REHS, LPSS, AOSE, has been the Director of the Office of Drinking Water since November 25, 2017.  Dwayne has over 25 years of experience with environmental programs in Virginia.  Dwayne has presented at several national and state conferences regarding the Virginia Department of Health’s environmental health programs, including the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association and the National Environmental Health Association.

Katie Kennedy is the Program Manager for Lead Safe Roanoke. The City of Roanoke’s HUD-funded program is designed to reduce lead poisoning in children by stabilizing lead-based paint hazards found in rental and single-family homes built in Roanoke City prior to 1978.

Zack Miller is the Manager of Housing Innovation at Central Virginia based nonprofit project:HOMES, where he oversees the organization’s Lead Hazard Control Program and other healthy home based initiatives. Zack works with HUD, the localities of Richmond and Chesterfield, and Certified Lead Abatement Contractors to make housing safe from lead-based paint hazards for his clients.

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