Lead of Notre-Dame: the return to work reported in 5 Parisian schools


POLLUTION – While the Notre-Dame fire was accompanied by lead contamination in the area, the Regional Health Agency estimated Friday that precautionary measures were insufficient in five private schools in Paris. The rectorate has requested the postponement of the return to these institutions.

Some students will not go to school on Monday. Five private Parisian institutions must postpone their return due to the consequences of the lead contamination caused by the fire of Notre-Dame de Paris.

Friday, the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of Ile-de-France recommended in a release new lead detection analysis for these five institutions of the diocese of Paris. The ARS considers that samples taken are not sufficient. The rectorate immediately asked "the postponement of the return, scheduled for Monday, for the following schools: St. Catherine (5th), St. Clotilde (7th), Saint-Jean-Gabriel (4th), St. Thomas Aquinas ( 7th), Saint-Victor (5th), until all the establishments concerned present the required guarantees of safety ".

In Sainte-Catherine School, "the values ​​found in the rooms accessible to children are for some high". "The average of the observed values ​​is greater than the threshold of 70μg / m²" and "a screening test is recommended".

"Degraded paints" containing lead should not 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.

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 structures "within a radius of 300m around any point on which a value greater than 5000μg / m2 would be found on the road". This protocol was implemented by the City of Paris for public schools.

"To date, all public institutions comply with safety standards and welcome their students Monday, September 2," said the rectorate.

About 260 children enrolled in the districts near the cathedral have achieved a 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.

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