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|DHSS Proposes the Readoption of N.J.A.C. 8:51, Governing Childhood Lead Poisoning, with Amendments, New Rules, and Repeals|
|The Maternal, Child and Community Health Services of the Division of Family Health Services in the Public Health Services Branch of the Department of Health and Senior Services, in consultation with the Public Health Council, is proposing to readopt the administrative rules at N.J.A.C. 8:51, Childhood Lead Poisoning, with amendments, new rules, and repeals. The notice of proposal appears in the December 21, 2009 issue of the New Jersey Register. LexisNexis® provides free on-line public access to the New Jersey Administrative Code and the New Jersey Register at http://lexisnexis.com/njoal.
N.J.A.C. 8:51, also known as Chapter 13 of the State Sanitary Code, establishes a regulatory framework to fulfill the Department’s obligation to protect children from adverse health effects due to exposure to lead hazards in their homes and in the environment. The standards set forth at N.J.A.C. 8:51 would also protect children that have been identified with elevated blood lead levels from further exposure to lead hazards. The rules at N.J.A.C. 8:51 set forth standards for screening and case management, reporting and maintaining the confidentiality of reported information, environmental intervention based on blood lead level and age of the child, determining the existence of lead in dwelling units, the responsibility for and use of abatement and/or interim controls of lead hazards, re-inspection and approval of completion of abatement and/or interim controls of lead hazards, enforcement, and the use of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Information Database.
The Department is proposing substantive and technical amendments, new rules and repeals throughout the chapter. Noteworthy proposed substantive amendments and new rules include the following:
In addition, the Department is proposing to publish Appendices to incorporate by reference as part of the chapter required forms and applicable instructions for completion and other required materials.
The Department will convene a public hearing on the proposal between 10:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M., or until completion of testimony from persons on the list of speakers, whichever is later, on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, First Floor Board Room, Health and Agriculture Building, 369 South Warren Street (at Market Street), Trenton, NJ 08608. Persons wishing to comment on the proposal at the public hearing who wish to be placed on the list of speakers are requested to telephone Ms. Candy Rae Ellison at (609) 292-5666 by January 20, 2010 and to bring an extra written copy of their remarks for submission to the public record.
The public has until February 19, 2010 to comment on the notice of proposal. Persons wishing to comment on the proposal must submit their comments in writing through regular mail to Ruth Charbonneau, Director, Office of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Office of the Commissioner, Department of Health and Senior Services, PO Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360. Written comments on the proposal must be postmarked on or before February 19, 2010, which is the close of the 60-day public comment period.