Another Massachusetts Board of Health Member Weighs in on Leaf Blower Health Hazards
As New England towns struggle to deal with growing noise and pollution from gas-powered lawn and garden equipment, local Boards of Health are stepping up to the plate. In a March 12th article in the Swampscott Patch, physician Larry Block, MD, a member of the Board of Health in Swampscott, MA articulates the dangers of leaf blower air pollutants, drawing particular attention to the recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that air pollution diminishes lung function in children. The Swampscott Board of Health has been supportive of previous efforts by its citizens to restrict leaf blower use and is the second board in Massachusetts to consider regulating leaf blowers through the health code. In 2014, the Town of Lincoln’s Board of Health issued a statement on the health risks of leaf blowers and a subsequent Health Advisory recommending that property owners and landscape contractors in the town center take voluntary steps to avoid regulation under the health code. Dr. Block also supports voluntary measures by residents and their contractors as the more practical approach.