Public Health Intervention for Lead Poisoning

Treatment of lead poisoning involves a team of professionals to manage the medical, environmental and social care required by the child and family. Public health plays a specific role in determining the source of lead exposure by evaluating the child in environments where they spend a lot of time and conducting lead hazard investigations of those places.

The 2014 revised Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control Handbook for Local Health Departments is now available.


This handbook encompasses the standards of practice of the Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and its agents, i.e., local health departments.


Handbook with Appendices (P-00600, PDF, 8 MB)

Chapter 1. The Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and Public Health Improvement Initiatives (P-00660-1, PDF, 147 KB)

Chapter 2. Standards and Legislation on Lead Hazards and Exposure (P-00660-2, PDF, 331 KB)

Chapter 3. Toxicology, Societal Costs of Lead Exposure, Sources and Routes of Lead Exposure (P-00660-3, PDF,  212 KB)

Chapter 4. Primary Prevention and Educating for Behavior Change (P-00660-4, PDF, 1.2 MB)

Chapter 5. Screening and Diagnosis of Childhood Lead Poisoning (P-00660-5, PDF, 109 KB)

Chapter 6. Nursing Case Management of a Child with Lead Poisoning (P-00660-6, PDF, 147 KB)

Chapter 7. Environmental Assessment and Intervention for a Child with Lead Poisoning (P-00660-7, PDF, 375 KB)

Chapter 8. Medical Management of Childhood Lead Poisoning (P-00660-8, PDF, 586 KB)

Chapter 9. Nutrition and Childhood Lead Poisoning (P-00660-9, PDF, 75 KB)

Chapter 10. Developmental Assessment and Intervention for a Child with Lead Exposure (P-00660-10, PDF, 99 KB)

Chapter 11. Lead Toxicity and Reproductive Health, Pregnant and Lactating Women and Fetal and Infant Development (P-00660-11, PDF, 1.1 MB)

Chapter 12. Reimbursement for Services to Children with Lead Poisoning Enrolled in the Wisconsin Medicaid Program (P-00660-12, PDF, 125 KB)

Appendix A. Forms (P-00660-A, PDF, 295 KB)

Appendix B. Samples for Environmental Investigation and Lead Hazard Reduction (P-00660-B, PDF, 5.1 MB)



Wisconsin Local Health Departments - Children with lead exposure are followed by Wisconsin local health departments. Health care providers and parents can locate the health department serving their community at this site.

Wisconsin Statutes & Administrative Rules - Wisconsin has a number of statutes and administrative rules with respect to childhood lead poisoning prevention, such as for local health departments, in child care centers and other facilities and in other departments.

Last Revised: January 20, 2015