The Regional Health Agency has recommended new lead detection tests following the cathedral fire.
The return will be postponed for five private schools located near Notre Dame. The regional health agency (ARS) of Ile-de-France, in fact, recommended Friday, August 31, new lead detection tests in these institutions of the diocese of Paris following the fire of the monument. The rectorate immediately asked the postponement of the return, scheduled Monday, Sainte-Catherine (5e arrondissement of Paris), Sainte-Clotilde (7e), St. John Gabriel (4e), Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin (7e), Saint-Victor (5 years old)e), while waiting for all these establishments to provide the necessary guarantees of safety.
The LRA estimates that samples taken in these private schools following the Notre-Dame fire are not sufficient. They explained it Friday during a meeting with the rectorate and the diocese to present their analyzes. Examination of the samples "Shows that, for Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin, Sainte-Clothilde, Saint-Jean-Gabriel and Saint-Victor, the methodology used in the analysis reports (…) concerning indoor spaces does not allow an assessment of the reality of exposure to lead: insufficient sampling volume, imprecise location, inadequate quantification limit value », noted the LRA.
In St. Catherine's School, "The values found in child-accessible rooms are for some high". "The average of the observed values is higher than the threshold of 70 μg / m²" and "A screening test is recommended. " of the "Degraded paintings" containing lead should be the subject of work and "New cleanings reinforced followed by new analyzes" to be implemented. Concerning the Saint-Victor school, a high value of lead has been identified in a space of an outdoor courtyard and a screening test is recommended. This yard will have to remain inaccessible as long as it has not been cleaned, recommends the ARS.
Public institutions "to standards"
A first health advisory of 7 June concerned all schools receiving young children near the cathedral. Since 18 July, the perimeter had been extended to «Within a radius of 300 meters around any point over which a value greater than 5 000 μg / m2 would be found on the road ». This protocol was implemented by the City of Paris for public schools.
"To date, all public institutions are in compliance with safety standards and will welcome their students Monday, September 2"said the rectorate. According to Nicolas Péju, deputy regional director of ARS, "The screening strategy is working well and a lot of blood lead levels have been achieved in July and August". "The same framework of investigations is applied by the ARS to public and private schools", he insisted.
About 260 children attending school in the districts near the cathedral have achieved blood lead since the fire that melted several hundred tons of this metal, said Wednesday the health authorities. Three cases of children with too much lead in the blood have been announced, but no link can be found with the fire of Notre-Dame. A family had, on Wednesday, sued the school Sainte-Clotilde, to request a diagnosis on the pollution of the establishment and, if necessary, remediation measures.