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Frequently Asked Questions

The material in this question and answer series is for your information only. It is not legal advice and is not designed to be used in place of legal advice. You should consult your own attorney for legal advice. The St. Joseph Legal Department provides this series to provide a general summary of procedures concerning violations of city ordinances in the City of St. Joseph, Missouri. It is issued to inform generally, not to advise of specific rights. As with any general information, the answers given here may not specifically apply to you.
What if my child tests positive for lead?
Should a child test positive for lead, there are things that can be done to limit their exposure to lead.

  • Wash the child’s hands and face often, especially before snacks, meals and bedtime.

  • Wash the child’s bed linens often to make sure they are clean.

  • Wash toys when they become dusty or dirty.

  • Place newspapers and magazines out of a child’s reach (there may be lead in the ink).

  • Keep children away from painted surfaces, especially those that are peeling and chipping.

  • Wipe down painted surfaces with a high phosphate detergent and wet-mop floors weekly.

  • Seal off remodeling areas and keep children and pets away from this area.

  • Prevent children from playing in dirt next to painted houses or buildings. Plant grass or shrubs in this area if possible.

  • Remind family members to shower and change clothes before coming home if they work around lead-contaminated areas such as battery plants, automobile repair shops, craft shops where they are using stained glass, bait & tackle shops, etc. Wash their clothes separate from the rest of the family, especially the children’s clothes.

  • Keep children from chewing or sucking on items unless you are certain they are non-toxic.

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1. Can I prepare food in my home kitchen and sell it for extra money?
2. Are all food service workers required to wear disposable gloves while handling food?
3. Are artificial fingernails allowed by employees in a food service establishment?
4. Does your department do any testing for mold?
5. Are food service workers required to wear hair restraints?
6. What if my child tests positive for lead?
7. What roll does nutrition play in lowering a child’s blood lead level?
8. Why is lead dangerous?