Christy Klaus, Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) with Wake County Lead Program, is an active member of the Lead and Healthy Homes Task Force. Christy and her colleague, Jason Dunn, REHS, work to uncover sources of lead in homes of children who are less than six years old and have an elevated blood lead level. Schools and childcare centers are also referred to Wake County’s Lead program by state and local officials. These referrals are done when chipping paint is found in buildings built prior to 1978 where children under the age of six attend. If lead hazards are identified during these investigations, Wake County Environmental Services verifies remediation.
The Wake County Lead Program has been a leader in identifying high levels of lead in some spices and folk art. Because of this work, Christy has been invited, as a NC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention partner, to present at the NEHA 2016 Annual Education Conference and HUD’s Healthy Homes Conference in June 2016. More information about the Wake County Lead Program, including two educational videos, can be found here.