Housing & Health

Legally Speaking: Understanding the Lead Legal Landscape

In our third webinar session, we invite you to learn about current laws and regulations that protect families from lead hazards in Virginia.

Experts from Virginia Department of Health’s Division of Surveillance and Investigation open our third session by providing an overview of lead contamination in Virginia. Showing data from across the state, we see where lead contamination is most prevalent and who in Virginia is most susceptible. 

As we see where lead is and who it is impacting, we look at what laws and regulations are addressing lead contamination in our homes. From the federal level to the local level, legal requirements have sought to ensure that lead removal is done correctly to protect families. Experts discuss your current rights and resources under the law, and how governments are addressing the issues at the local.

Speaker Bios

Andrew Tran is an epidemiologist with the Virginia Department of Health’s Lead Safe Virginia Program. He performs public health surveillance and data analysis of childhood lead poisoning for the program and is passionate about bridging environmental and socioeconomic factors to better understand childhood lead exposures.

Daryl F. Hayott, Esq. is a Housing Attorney for the Virginia Poverty Law Center, as well as Legal Fellow in the Housing Justice Project of Equal Justice Works. Daryl addresses the legal needs of Central Virginia residents by offering legal representation and education. He also works with legislatures to change and enact laws to help alleviate the meteoric eviction rates of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Michelle Coward is the Operations Manager for the City of Richmond Property Maintenance Division, where she is responsible for the enforcement of the Virginia Maintenance Code.

Jeff Brown, MCP is the Director of the State Building Codes Office (SBCO) at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). He oversees the state code development process, technical support services, manufactured housing/industrialized building programs and administration of the State Building Code Technical Review Board.

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