Eastern PA Support and Resources

The Eastern Pennsylvania office aims to be the one stop shop for resources for individuals and Early Learning Centers. Read on to learn more about best practices regarding the use of pesticides, lead exposure, indoor and outdoor air quality, and other environmental health exposures.

Eco-Healthy Support and Resources for Eastern Pennsylvanians

For information on self-remediation for lead, visit the EPA’s website on its lead renovation and repair program.

Often, lead dust requires professional handling and remediation to avoid harmful exposure. Luckily, the City of Philadelphia has a resource to help connect you with Certified Lead Abatement Contractors. Click here for a list of Contractors certified in the City of Philadelphia.

For information on lead testing and remediation in drinking water, visit Pennvest’s website to receive free testing and remediation advice.

Infants in the womb can be exposed to methylmercury when their mothers eat fish and shellfish that contain methylmercury. This exposure can adversely affect unborn infants’ growing brains and nervous systems.  These systems may be more vulnerable to methyl  mercury than the brains and nervous systems of adults are. Children exposed to methylmercury while they are in the womb can have impacts to their cognitive thinking, memory, attention, language, fine motor skills, and visual spatial skills.

Visit here to drop off locations for Mercury, a hazardous material, in Philadelphia.

WHE Recommends a variety of steps to take to ensure proper indoor and outdoor air quality in homes, schools and early learning centers. See below to access free resources for educational materials, hand-outs, and even free signs to ensure your commitment to healthy environments is clear.

WHE Recommends taking steps to prevent the release of toxins in schools and early learning centers. See below for articles and other resources that inform our recommendations.

Heating plastic in the microwave releases toxins into foods – WHE recommends only microwaving glass takeout containers.

For resources on how to ensure safe playgrounds and other play surfaces, see the Children’s Environmental Health Network’s check-list, and guide to avoiding radon.

WHE recommends schools and centers purchase more hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, and white vinegar-based products to ensure little to no impact to student and faculty’s health in the built environment. To learn more:

The Children’s Environmental Health Network provides a Household Chemicals Fact Sheet to guide schools and centers in purchasing proper green cleaning products, which can be accessed here.

The Environmental Protection Agency also provides an eco-healthy disinfecting toolkit, which can be accessed here.

Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education (CSPECE) is a program that helps ensure childcare centers are located in safe places, so that children are not exposed to harmful chemicals from the surrounding environment for Childcare in Pennsylvania. To learn more about the program, visit the PA Department of Health’s website here.