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Wisconsin Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs

The Wisconsin Division of Public Health has three programs that address lead poisoning prevention - Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES), Asbestos and Lead Unit (ALS) and Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (WCLPPP).

The ABLES program is a state-based surveillance program of laboratory-reported adult blood lead levels, usually associated with occupational exposure. The program objective is to build state capacity to initiate, expand, or improve adult blood lead surveillance programs which can accurately measure trends in adult blood lead levels and which can effectively intervene to prevent lead over-exposures. For more information, contact the ABLES program manager at (608) 264-9829.

The ALU administers asbestos and lead training provider accreditation and certification programs for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services under provisions of ch. 254, Wis. Stats. In addition to issuing certification cards and accrediting training provider courses for lead activities and investigations, the program establishes and monitors standards for conducting investigation and abatement activities. For more information, contact ALU at (608) 261-6876, staff contact list.

The WCLPPP provides technical, funding, and consulting resources to support local health departments, health care providers, and community groups to prevent, detect, and treat childhood lead poisoning.

Program activities are funded by the State of Wisconsin. These resources are used to fund local programs (local health departments and community based organizations) to provide screening of high risk children, environmental risk assessments and investigations to identify lead hazards, and interventions to reduce identified lead hazards. Also, WCLPPP maintains the statewide database of blood lead testing under the provisions of ch. 254, Wis. Stats. For more information, contact WCLPPP at (608) 266-5817, staff contact list (PDF, 16 KB).

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Last Revised: January 16, 2014