- Forms and Publications
- Wisconsin Data
- Toolkits and Other Resources for Outreach and Education
- Funding Opportunities
- National, State and Local Websites
The lead-related forms and publications listed below provide information to the inspector, investigator, contractor, risk assessor, and hazard investigator. These forms can be used to apply for certification, or when preparing to perform work on a property with lead-based paint. View an alphabetical list of forms and publications.
Certification Application - Individual F-44003 (PDF, 36 KB) - Complete this form to apply to become certified to do lead hazard investigations or reduction work. This can also be completed for renewal of certification.
Lead-Based Paint Investigation Summary Report F-44013 (PDF, 15 KB) - Lead investigation companies must complete this form or file lead investigation reports on the internet through WALDO. NOTE: This form is fillable and can be printed, but cannot be saved.
Notification of Lead-Based Paint Activity F-44012 (PDF, 26 KB) - Lead supervisors must complete and submit this form before lead work takes place.
HUD Technical Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing (link is external) - These guidelines provide detailed, technical information on how to identify and control lead-based paint hazards.
Lead Paint Safety: A Field Guide for Painting, Home Maintenance, and Renovation Work (link is external) (PDF, 1.3 MB)| En Español (link is external) (PDF, 1.9 MB) - A step-by-step manual that illustrates the safety precautions to take when painting, doing maintenance, or renovating in homes built before 1978.The Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right (link is external) (PDF, 3.3 MB) | En Español (link is external) (PDF, 3.2 MB) - This handbook for contractors, property managers, and maintenance personnel describes the requirements that apply when more than 6 square interior feet or 20 square exterior feet of surface with lead-based paint is disturbed.
The publications listed below provide information to parents or others caring for young children at risk for lead poisoning.
Give Your Child the Chance of a Lifetime: Keep Your Child Lead-Safe - A tri-fold brochure in English (link is external) (PDF, 136 KB) (link is exSpanish (PDF, 486 KB) developed for parents on lead poisoning prevention.
Childhood Lead Poisoning: What you should know about your child's blood lead test results English ( (link is external)PDF, 861 KB) Spanish (PDF, 169 KB) - Information on how to make a plan to reduce your child's blood lead level.
Parents: Look Out for Lead in English P-44535A (PDF, 92 KB) Spanish P-44535S (PDF, 92 KB) - A tri-fold pamphlet for parents and caregivers providing basic information about blood lead testing, where to look for lead hazards and what to do about them.
Coping With Your Child's Diagnosis (link is external) (PDF, 590 KB) - A booklet for parents/caregivers acknowledging the emotions experienced when told a child has been lead poisoned.
Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home - Owners of pre-1978 housing are required to give this pamphlet to tenants when entering into or renewing a rental agreement, in English (link is external) (PDF, 6 MB) and other languages (link is external).
Lead Paint Safety: A Field Guide for Painting, Home Maintenance, and Renovation Work English (PDF, 1.3 MB) Spanish (PDF, 1.9 MB) - A step-by-step manual that illustrates the safety precautions to take when painting, doing maintenance, or renovating in homes built before 1978.
Help Yourself to a Healthy Home (link is external) (PDF, 1.3 MB) - A self-help booklet for parents/caregivers that covers housing-related health issues such as asthma, lead, etc.
Some links for forms are to web pages where the forms are available as either a Word-fillable document or a PDF.
Blood Lead Lab Reporting F-00017 (Word, 22 KB)
Blood Lead Testing and Lead Exposure 2011 - 2013 Data Report P-00665 (PDF, 365 KB)
Childproof Your Home Improvements (PDF, 2.7 MB)
Lead and Pregnancy - Paper copies of this pamphlet in English P-49299 and Spanish P-49299S can be ordered online using the forms on this web page.
Lead Safety Field Guide - Paper copies of this pamphlet in English P-45035 and Spanish P-45035S can be ordered online using the forms on this web page.
Look Out for Lead - Rental Property Owners P-44535B (PDF, 330 KB)
Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home P-49730 - English (PDF, 1.6 MB). Paper copies in Spanish of this pamphlet can be ordered online using the forms on this web page.
Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools P-90000 - Paper copies of this pamphlet can be ordered online using the forms on this web page.
Ripple Effects of Childhood Lead Poisoning (link is external) - interactive information-graphic from Lead-Safe Illinois website.
WCLPPP Standard for for Home and Childcare Site Intervention to Address Lead Hazards toolkit P-00716 (PDF, 727 KB)
Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control Handbook for Local Public Health Departments P-00660 (PDF, 8 MB) or go to the Local Public Health Interventions page for individual chapters of the handbook.
Your Child's Blood Lead Test Results (link is external) (PDF, 861 KB) - National Center for Healthy Homes, a fact sheet and checklist for parents
Blood Lead Levels in Children (link is external) (PDF, 292 KB) - From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a fact sheet with guidance for health care providers when talking with parents about their child's blood lead level.
Owners, landlords, agents, and managers of rental property play an important role in protecting the health of their tenants and tenants' children. Buildings built before 1978 are much more likely to have lead-based paint. Federal law requires that landlords provide certain important information about lead paint before a prospective renter is obligated under a rental lease.
Rental Property Owners: Look Out for Lead P-44535B (PDF, 334 KB). A tri-fold pamphlet for rental property owners who own property built before 1978 that may contain lead hazards and may be occupied by families with young children. Includes information on what can be done to correct lead hazards and about the law to notify tenants about lead hazards and how to prevent exposure to lead.
Landlords must provide the following to prospective tenants of buildings built before 1978:
- Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home, in English P-49370 (PDF, 6 MB) and other languages. Rental property owners of pre-1978 housing are required to give this pamphlet to tenants when entering into or renewing a rental agreement (link is external).
- Any known information concerning lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards pertaining to the building. For multi-unit buildings, this requirement includes records and reports concerning common areas and other units when such information was obtained as a result of a building-wide evaluation.
- Disclosure of Information on Lead-Based Paint and/or Lead-Based Hazards: A lead disclosure attachment in English (PDF, 162 KB) or Spanish (PDF, 172 KB) to the lease, or language inserted in the lease, that includes a "Lead Warning Statement" and confirms that the landlord has complied with all notification requirements.
Landlords must maintain and renovate their property in a lead-safe manner:
- Lead Paint Safety: A Field Guide for Painting, Home Maintenance, and Renovation Work - In (link is exterEnglish (PDF, 1.3 MB); Spanish (PDF, 1.9 MB). This step-by-step manual illustrates the safety precautions to take when painting, doing maintenance, or renovating in homes built before 1978.
- The Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right. Rental property owners must provide this pamphlet (in (link is extEnglish (PDF, 9.6 MB) or (link is externaSpanish (PDF, 4.6 MB)) to their tenants before performing any renovation, remodeling, or repainting of their property. The pamphlet provides important information about what lead-safe work practices should look like and that the work must be completed by a lead-safe certified renovator.
Annual reports on childhood lead poisoning in Wisconsin include the number of children tested and poisoned and number of cases (level of lead in blood requires intervention) at age one, age two, ages zero to five, and ages three to five not previously tested for each local health department jurisdiction. The reports also include prevalence rates and rates for children enrolled in Medicaid and WIC programs.
These annual reports for Wisconsin comprise local health department jurisdiction and statewide totals and rates of the number of children tested for lead and found to be lead poisoned. From 1991 - 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defined lead poisoning as a blood lead level (BLL) of 10 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL) or greater and recommended public health intervention for those children. According to Wisconsin Statute, a child with a BLL of 20 mcg/dL or greater represents a "case" and requires public health intervention. Thus, the reports also include the number of cases of children with extremely high levels of lead by health department jurisdiction.
In 2012, CDC lowered the reference level for intervention from 10 mcg/dL to 5 mcg/dL, increasing the number of children under age 6 exposed to lead in Wisconsin by a factor of five. The data report for 2011 - 2013 is in a different format from previous years. In addition to the number of children at 10 mcg/dL or greater, it includes the number and rate (percent) of children with BLLs between 5 and 9 mcg/dL. Also included is a time trend for the state of the number of children tested for lead from 2001 - 2013 and a time trend for those found to be lead poisoned in that same time frame.
Reports are available as PDF files for the following years:
2003 P-00817-2003 (PDF, 43 KB)
2006 P-00817-2006 (PDF, 43 KB)
2009 P-00817-2009 (PDF, 55 KB)
2014 P-00817-2014 (PDF, 178 KB)
The Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking Program webpage is a resource that allows you to query data on childhood lead poisoning in Wisconsin and other environmental and health topics.
Data Analysis/Time Trends
This tab contains graphs showing the trends of (1) testing for and (2) identifying childhood lead poisoning in Wisconsin from 2001 to 2013.
Statewide surveillance of childhood lead poisoning in Wisconsin has been conducted since 1991. Lead poisoning in children is defined in Wisconsin Statute Chapter 254.11 (9) as a level of lead in the blood of 10 or more micrograms per 100 milliliters of blood. Due to the wealth of research showing significant learning, behavioral and lifelong health effects of lead on children at levels below 10 mcg/dL, in May 2012, CDC lowered the level of concern to the reference value of 5 mcg/dL for precautionary action. This increases the number of Wisconsin children found to be lead exposed by a factor of 5.
In Wisconsin, how many children have been lead poisoned over the last ten years?
During the years 2001 to 2013, the number of children tested for lead poisoning remained static from 2004 to 2006 at about 80,000 children per year and then increased in 2007 through 2013 to more than 100,000 children annually. Since then the number of children under age 6 tested for lead started to decline again. View the graph.
The number of children found to be lead poisoned (10 mcg/dL) was on the decline from 2000 to 2013; however, looking at the number of children at the lower reference value of 5 mcg/dL, the increase in the number of children is sizeable. View the graph.
Get Your House Tested. Get Your Kids Tested. Get the Facts.
Educating parents about the dangers of lead exposure to young children and what actions can be taken to protect children from harm is important all year round. Key messages are “Get Your Home Tested. Get Your Kids Tested. Get the Facts.”
Lead Poisoning Education and Interventions: A Toolkit with Recommendations and Resources P-00554 (PDF, 5.6 MB). Includes suggestions and resources for increasing community awareness of childhood lead exposure and links to short videos about lead.
Federal agencies have the following materials available:
Audio podcasts from CDC about lead poisoning prevention (link is external) and from EPA about the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (link is external), to link to on social media networking profiles.
Button, badges and stickers (link is external) and web banners (link is external) to enhance your website, blog or social media networking profiles.
Health-e-cards (link is external) you can send to your contacts by email.
- Camera-ready posters and flyers (link is external), including ones you can modify to add your agency’s information.
- Sample press release (link is external) you can customize for your community.
- Newsletter article (link is external) for schools, PTAs, and other organizations.
- Key messages (link is external) you can use as “tweets” or when talking with the media or the public.
Outreach Tools for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 25 - 31, 2015
Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future: Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2015 ¦ Tools and Resources for Community Awareness P-00554 (PDF, 4 MB) is available in the DHS Publications Library, including resources and community project ideas and as a web page.
Outreach Tools for Wisconsin's Lead-Safe Renovation Rule
The Renovate Right P-00713 (PDF, 1.3 MB) toolkit contains sample press releases, talking points, ideas for outreach and more to provide education in your community about the Wisconsin Lead-Safe Renovation Rule (October 2009).
Outreach Tools for School Nurses and Others in the School System
School nurses now have lead poisoning prevention resources such as pamphlets, PowerPoint presentations and posters. These are available on Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction website (April 2011).
Outreach Tool for Health and Housing Partnerships
The Community Partnership Meeting toolkit P-00714 (PDF, 164 KB), developed in November 2008, contains planning strategies to bring together partners from both housing and health agencies in order to develop a mission moving forward to protect children from lead hazards. The document includes resources such as the advertising flyer, media advisory, newspaper article, etc.
Outreach Tools for Collecting Capillary Samples in the Clinical Setting
Capillary Collection Resource Kit P-00715 (PDF, 648 KB) This packet was developed in 2007 and contains the information needed to initiate capillary blood lead sampling for patients in a health care provider's office.
Outreach Tools to Mobilize the Community to Eliminate Childhood Lead Poisoning
This Mobilizing Action toolkit P-00712 (PDF, 1.6 MB), with press releases, op-ed pieces, GIS maps, newsletter articles, postcards and much more, was developed for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in October 2007. These materials can be adapted for use any time of year.
Outreach Tool for Public Health Nurse Home Visiting
A toolkit, Implementing the WCLPPP Standards for Home and Childcare Site Intervention to Address Lead Hazards P-00716 (PDF, 727 KB), was developed in 2003 as a primary prevention program to reach out to pregnant women living in older homes.
Funds are available for individuals and organizations working toward reducing lead-based paint hazards.
Individual Household Funding Opportunities
Funds are available for individuals working toward reducing lead-based paint hazards through home renovation and repair. There are different grants for different groups of homeowners. Many focus on low and moderate-income homeowners or property owners with tenants with low to moderate incomes. Some funding opportunities are aimed at special groups, such as veterans and rural residents.
Division of Housing (link is external) - The U.S. Department of Administration, Division of Housing's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME program (link is external)have funding for housing rehabilitation including lead hazard repairs. Clients may contact the CDBG regional offices (link is external) and/or the HOME recipients directly to apply for housing rehabilitation assistance.
HUD Lead Hazard Control Programs
HUD funds programs that provide lead paint hazard reduction assistance to individual low- and moderate-income homeowners with children under the age of six and who occupy houses with lead-based paint, and to property owners who have dwellings with lead-based paint that are occupied by low- and moderate-income tenants with children under age six. The following communities currently have HUD programs:
City of Milwaukee, call the Lead Primary Prevention Program (link is external) at 414-286-5937.
Rock County, call the Rock County Housing and Community Development Division (link is external) at 608-757-5594.
Rural Housing Repair Programs for Single Family Residences (link is external) and Multi-Family Residences (link is external) - Opportunities for rural Americans in Wisconsin for home renovation and repair assistance.
Veterans' Home Improvement Loans (link is external) - The Home Improvement Loan Program (HILP) may be used for repairs and remodeling of a veteran's primary residence.
Below are resources available to assist in the preparation and submission of a grant for lead-related issues:
Step 1: Preparation
- Start by identifying a problem your organization wants to address.
- Identify individuals or groups to support the proposal.
Step 2: Identification of Funding Resource
- When you are looking at these funding resources, please consider the following:
- Eligibility of grant - Eligible applicants
- The amount of time needed to write the proposal
- If the organization has the financial and personnel resources needed to fulfill proposal's objectives
- Search through the list of sources of funding. Consider both government agencies and private organizations when searching.
Step 3: Writing the Grant Proposal
- Developing and Writing Grant Proposals (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance)
- Proposal Writing Short Course (The Foundation Center)
- EPA Grant Writing Tutorial (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
- Intersections of Health and Housing (Center for Housing Policy): An excellent and much needed tool for grant writing, this website contains a new set of resources on available research evidence that demonstrates the many ways that housing may affect health and educational outcomes.
Step 4: Review, Review, Review
Seek out a neutral third party to review the proposal for continuity, clarity, and reasoning.
Step 5: Signature
- Remember to obtain the signature from the appropriate administrator before mailing the application. The signature must be the individual who has authority to enter into agreements for your organization.
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (link is external)
An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Gives general information about lead poisoning and other toxic substances.
Alliance for Healthy Homes (link is external)
National nonprofit organization dedicated to the issue of childhood lead poisoning and other home health hazards.
American Medical Association (link is external)
Articles about lead poisoning, lead's effects on children, case studies, and methods of protection.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Childhood Lead Poisoning and Prevention Program (link is external)
A program in the CDC's National Center for Environmental Health. It provides information for state and local health departments, and facts for the general public.
Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning (link is external)
A national nonprofit organization that has information directed to parents for child lead poisoning prevention and treatment.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (link is external)
This federal website offers information on lead in consumer products, and awareness of paint and chemical stripper hazards.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (link is external)
This federal website offers printable guidelines and information on lead-hazard control in English and Spanish. It also has a web page dedicated to information for parents.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (link is external)
This federal website offers a lead page with information, brochures, and technical issues relevant to the federal lead program and U.S. regulations.
Environmental Protection Agency - Region 5 (link is external)
This subsection of EPA specifically serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and 35 Tribes.
Food and Drug Administration (link is external)
By searching the FDA site for "Lead Poison," you can find ways to prevent childhood lead poisoning and identify products that contain lead.
MedlinePlus Information on Lead Poisoning (link is external)
This information is from the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. It provides articles from federal departments, including EPA, OSHA, and HUD.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIESH) (link is external)
This web page offers articles about lead's effects on children and family members.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) (link is external)
NIOSH's "Selected Topic - Lead" page is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Listed below are links to the websites of other Wisconsin state agencies with information about lead.
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (link is external)
Waste management for disposal of solid and hazardous waste, and air emissions of lead.
- Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (link is external)
Alerts and recalls on products containing lead (e.g., sidewalk chalk) and information on how to file a home improvement project complaint.
- Wisconsin Occupational Health Laboratory (link is external)
Laboratory analysis on lead content in air, dust wipe, paint chip, and soil.
- Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (link is external)
Laboratory analysis of blood lead levels, as well as pottery lead testing.
- Children with Special Health Care Needs - Regional Centers
Locations of regional resource centers providing free and confidential assistance to both health care providers and families of children with special health care needs.
- Other State Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs
Listed below are links to other local agency websites in Wisconsin with information about lead. Note: Each agency only provides services in the area it covers.
Barron County Health Department (link is external)
The site lists child-lead-poison services and complaints received about lead-based paint.
Columbia County Health Department (link is external)
The "Lead Information" page offers a number to call for blood-lead testing, and information about lead-based paint.
Eau Claire City-County Health Department (link is external)
This department performs lead-hazard inspections when a child is reported with an elevated blood-lead level.
Kenosha/ Racine Lead-Free Communities Partnership (link is external)
The goals of the partnership include lead education, home lead abatement, and lead-safe contractor training.
Madison and Dane County Public Health (link is external)
The "Lead Poisoning" page offers a number to call for blood-lead testing, and information about lead-based paint.
Milwaukee Health Department (link is external)
The "Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program" page offers information on lead-hazard control, blood-lead testing, and other facts.
Shawano County Health Department (link is external)
This health department can be contacted about lead testing.
Sheboygan County Health and Human Services (link is external)
The lead-poisoning prevention web page offers helpful tips and information about lead poisoning.
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (link is external)
The Lead Management Program addresses lead-based paint on the campus.
Wisconsin Local Health Departments
Directory of local health departments including contact name, phone number, and telephone address.
WISCAP Member Agencies (link is external)
Contact information for agencies that provide housing assistance to families.
Wisconsin Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program Clinic Locations
Contact information for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) projects around Wisconsin that provide nutrition programs for families with young children.