Prevention and Intervention for Lead Exposure

Wisconsin citizens deserve to be protected from toxins that affect their health, growth, development, and potential. Preventing lead exposure is the best practice because there is no safe level of lead in the human body. Early detection through blood lead screening programs that are accessible to children and adults at high risk for lead exposure is important. Early intervention and comprehensive follow-up when lead poisoning is detected also protects the child or adult from prolonged exposure.

     About Lead



Learn about lead poisoning and the threat it poses to children.



To date, research supports the conclusions made in 1991 that lead can adversely affect learning and behavior even at levels as less than 10 micrograms per deciliter.



Exposure to lead in the work place can be prevented. Parents in lead related occupations expose themselves and other family members by bringing lead in their vehicle and home on their clothes or skin.



Effects of maternal lead exposure, past and present, on the fetus and information about lead in breast milk.



Who, when, and where to test children for lead poisoning.


Regular well-balanced meals are important for adequate growth and development, and can help to decrease lead absorption.


Assuring follow-up care and access to blood lead tests.


Sources of lead poisoning for children and adults; effective hazard control methods; consumer product alerts.



The primary and most effective treatment for lead poisoning is removing the source of lead exposure.  Learn more about environmental and medical management of treating a child with lead poisoning.

Last Revised: April 27, 2015