Information for Health Care Providers on Lead Poisoning Prevention and Management

New York State Public Health Law and Regulations require health care providers to:

  • Obtain a blood lead test for all children at age 1 and again at age 2;
  • Assess all children ages 6 months to 6 years for risk of lead exposure at least annually as part of routine care, and obtain a blood lead test on all children found to be at risk.
  • If a child has an elevated lead level, the health care provider must make certain the child has follow-up testing. Providers must also provide guidance on lead poisoning prevention, risk reduction and nutritional counseling to the parent or caregiver.
  • Provide anticipatory guidance to all parents of children under six years old, as part of routine care.

Detecting and preventing lead exposure has grown in importance with the increasing evidence that blood lead levels (BLLs) less than 10 mcg/dL in young children are associated with learning disabilities, behavior problems, and lowered intelligence.

Health care providers should become familiar with all Public Health Law and regulations pertaining to lead poisoning risk assessment, blood lead testing, reporting, and follow-up. The most recent amendments went into effect June 20, 2009.

The following resources and materials can help health care providers prevent, detect, and manage lead exposure in children and adults.

Management Guidelines

Educational Materials for Parents

Resource Contact List