May 8, 2018
Bakersfield, CA – The confirmatory results of a lead hazard evaluation conducted on April 25, 2018 at Brilliant Minds Academy Preschool have been received by Kern County Public Health Services and confirm lead levels to be well above regulatory standards in the paint and the soil in several areas within the daycare. This situation poses an immediate health risk to the children attending this academy until the lead hazards are properly abated.
Specifically, on site testing performed on April 25, 2018 and confirmatory laboratory sampling received by Public Health indicate the following lead hazards exist:
- The painted surfaces located on the exterior fascia and the exterior and interior door casing of one of the buildings contain lead in the amount of 1.3 mg/cm2 to 3.9 mg/cm2 which exceeds the State of California Department of Public Health’s maximum allowable level of 1.0 mg/cm2 lead in paint.
- The soil test result for the bare soil area located next to the infant building and toddler play area was 486.2 parts per million (ppm), which exceeds the State of California Department of Public Health’s lead contaminated soil standard of 400 parts per million for any bare soil area. The samples were submitted to the laboratory to confirm the results, which indicated lead levels for the bare soil area located next to the infant building and toddler play area to actually be 630 ppm.
Background: The Kern County Public Health Services Department, Environmental Health Division conducted a lead hazard evaluation at Brilliant Minds Academy, located at 4620 Taft Hwy in response to an identified childhood lead poisoning case. The evaluation included testing for lead in paint, dust, exposed soil and water. The preliminary results of this evaluation found lead levels above regulatory standards in the paint and the soil in some limited areas within the preschool.
Based on the recent analytical results from the lead hazard evaluation conducted at the preschool and subsequently confirmed by a forensic analytical laboratory, children attending Brilliant Minds Academy may have been exposed to lead. We strongly urge parents who have a child who attends or has previously attended Brilliant Minds Academy to get a venous blood lead test and contact the Kern County Public Health Services Department at (661) 321-3000.
For information about lead visit: www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/clppb.