New program to help lower blood-lead levels

COMPANY: Nyrstar has launched a trial of street sweeping machines that is expected to reduce community blood-lead levels.
COMPANY: Nyrstar has launched a trial of street sweeping machines that is expected to reduce community blood-lead levels.

To improve the cleaning program that the Targeted Lead Abatement Program undertakes in the community, the organisation bought new equipment to use in a three-month trial that is expected to help lower blood-lead levels.

The trial, in partnership with Port Pirie Regional Council, will see the new street road, gutter and footpath equipment in use in the city centre in areas of higher lead contamination and in locations frequented by children.

The program was due to start with the use of a Macron M40 Street Sweeper to be joined by ride-on footpath cleaners to tackle smaller areas.

The material collected by the cleaning equipment will be returned to the smelter and not deposited at the council transfer station as is the practice with the council sweepers.

It is expected that removing the material from the community will help to reduce exposure pathways and contribute to lowering community blood-lead levels.

The equipment will work in parallel with the existing cleaning vehicles, significantly expanding TLAP's program.

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