Blood Lead Reference Value Lowered for Children
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has lowered the blood lead reference value from 5 µg/dL to 3.5 µg/dL for children. For more information, please view CDC's recent press release and recommended actions based on blood lead levels.
New Tool to Find Lead-Safe Companies
If you're looking for a company to do lead-safe renovation, lead abatement, or lead investigation work (like clearance, inspection and risk assessment), try our new search tool.
Healthcare Provider Alert: LeadCare Test Kits Recall Expanded
Magellan Diagnostics is expanding its voluntary recall of LeadCare II, LeadCare Plus, and LeadCare Ultra Blood Lead Tests due to a significant risk of falsely low results. For full details, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (additional lots recalled on Sept. 28).
You may also view the recent Wisconsin DHS Health Alert bulletin regarding this recall.
Lead poisoning is preventable
Lead damages the brain and other body systems. Lead can hurt anyone, but kids under age 6 are most vulnerable, and the damage can last a lifetime. It's usually caused by swallowing or breathing in dust from lead-based paint in older homes. We can protect kids by making sure the homes they live and play in are free from lead dust. Learn more below.
- What is lead poisoning?
- Where is lead commonly found in Wisconsin?
- Who is at risk?
- Effects of lead
- Prevent lead poisoning
- Get educational materials about lead
- Lead information for workers and all adults
- Test your child for lead
- Check and maintain your home
- Find a certified lead renovation company
- Report unsafe lead or asbestos work
- Before you buy or rent a home built before 1978
- Learn about other emerging sources of lead
- Learn about screening and testing for lead
- Intervention at the clinic level
- Monitor lead levels
- Coordinate care with public health
- Training and certification to work with lead-based paint
- Wisconsin's Lead-Safe Renovation Rule
- Become a lead-certified individual or company
- Certification requirements for lead-based paint activities
- Find a lead-certified company to fix hazards
- Hire a lead investigation company to identify lead hazards
- Learn more about the Lead-Safe Homes Program
- Find other funds to fix lead hazards
- Understand what working "lead-safe" looks like
- Locate a training class
- Find a state lead exam location
- Find a Wisconsin-accredited training provider
- Watch "hands-on" skills training
- Find forms and publications