Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
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Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 4 million households have children living in them that are exposed to high levels of lead with approximately half a million children ages 1-5 with blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL). No safe blood lead level in children has been identified. When you know what to look for and take action, lead poisoning is 100% preventable.

Oakland County Health Division offers free blood lead testing for children under 6 years of age enrolled in the WIC program, regardless of insurance and/or Medicaid status.  

Lead investigations involve a comprehensive team approach with the lead-burdened child. The team includes:

  • Nurses
  • Sanitarians
  • Nutritionists

Evaluation of the child's environment by a nurse or sanitarian may identify the source of lead. Education is provided to families and health care providers to reduce the lead level in the child's blood and maintain it at a safe level. 

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For Healthcare Providers,

Oakland County Health Division, in collaboration with the Oakland County Lead Prevention Partnership, developed a toolkit to assist healthcare providers with a convenient, one-stop place for information about lead testing recommendations and messaging for parents/families.  

This toolkit is meant to supplement the Lead-Free Michigan Toolkit created by the Michigan Department of Human Services Childhood Lead poisoning prevention program (CLPPP), which also contains educational materials for parents, homeowners and tenants, schools, health care providers, and child care providers.

  • Physician Toolkit (under construction)
  • MDHHS Toolkit Info (under construction)

Environmental Assessments, Remediation, and Abatement ,

If your home, childcare facility, or school was built prior to 1978, you may want to assume lead-based paint is present and follow lead-safe work practices. You can hire a certified inspector or risk assessor to determine if your home or facility has lead hazards. 

Call the National Lead Information Center to find a certified professional:
1-800-424-LEAD (5323)

Renovation, repair, and painting (RRP) projects in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 require by federal law the hiring of contractors to follow appropriate practices to prevent lead contamination.

Assistance may be available for home repairs to remove lead paint hazards. A HEPA vacuum is available to borrow. Call Environmental Health Services at 248-858-1312.

Soil & Water Testing

The Environmental Health Services (EHS) unit administers several programs and services to help protect health through the promotion of environmentally sound practices.

Additional Resources

A Healthy Home for Everyone: The Guide for Families and Individuals
Lead Prevention Tips

The Lead-Safe Certified Guide To Renovate Right

 Contact Us

  • Lead Program: 248-424-7066
  • Nurse on Call: 800-848-5533

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