Lead Poisoning Prevention


According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, elevated blood lead levels in children are mostly due to ingestion of lead-contaminated dust, paint, and soil.  Lead dust can be so fine that it cannot be seen by the naked eye. The lead equivalent of about three grains of sugar per day can place a child in danger.

Common renovation, repair, and painting activities that disturb lead-based paint (like sanding, cutting, replacing windows, and more) can create hazardous lead dust and chips which can be harmful to adults and children.  But with careful work practices and thorough clean-up, renovations can be done safely.   EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) lowers the risk of lead contamination from renovation activities. When performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 in areas where children under 6 years old spend time, workers must be trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices.  Lead paint also must be inspected in certain cases - many local jurisdictions require lead paint inspections for areas serving students under 6, i.e. preK, Kindergarten, in-school daycares; and also mandate health dept screening for blood lead levels in students before entering kindergarten. 

Testing for lead in drinking water is a voluntary program to minimize exposure to lead from solder and from other lead sources such as full or partial lead service lines that carry drinking water into the building from the water mains.  An EPA guidance document, 3T's for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools is intended for use by school officials responsible for the maintenance and/or safety of school facilities including the drinking water. The guidance introduces the 3Ts for reducing lead in drinking water: Training, Testing, and Telling.

Safe Drinking Water Hotline 1-800-426-4791

Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities

Nutrition, Anemia and Lead Poisoning - Information about proper nutrition to fight lead poisoning

Bradley and the Bad Pb - an online story about childhood lead exposure from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services / National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

The Lead Buster's Club - A pictorial story and interactive form about childhood lead exposure from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services / National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Lead Free Kids.org - One million children today are affected by lead poisoning, but when you know what to look for and what to do, lead poisoning is 100% preventable.