Help for Water Gremlin Employees

Current and former workers at Water Gremlin may have accidently brought home lead dust on their clothes, shoes and cars. A number of children of Water Gremlin employees have been found to have high blood lead levels. The majority of adults working at Water Gremlin who have been tested also have high blood levels. Lead poisoning may cause learning, behavior and health problems in young children. Adults can also get lead poisoning, but it affects children and pregnant women most seriously.

Getting tested for lead 

If you are a current or former Water Gremlin employee, it is important that you and your family get your blood checked for lead if it has not been tested within the last two months 

  • Blood lead testing is best done through your regular doctor. When scheduling a test, tell your doctor you work at Water Gremlin and that you or your child may have been exposed to lead dust.  
  • Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health staff are also available to talk with Water Gremlin employees and their families about potential lead exposure. Free testing is also available for those without insurance or a primary clinic. Contact Dana Janowiak with Public Health at 651-266-1830 or dana.janowiak@ramseycounty.us for more information.

Removing lead from your home 

  • Clean entryways, closets and vehicles – or any items that were in contact with work clothing – using a wet cloth and dispose of those items in the trash.
  • Keep small children away from work clothes and shoes, or where these items are stored.

Learn more about take-home lead

Other sources of lead in homes          

Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in products in and around homes. It can be found in many homes and buildings built before 1978. 

Read more about other common sources of lead in homes