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Information & Testing Requirements

Lead is a metal found naturally in the environment, but some older buildings have dangerously high levels of lead inside them. High levels of lead can cause health problems-- especially in children, including: hyperactivity, slowed growth, learning problems, hearing problems, and more. It can be hard to tell if there’s lead in a home or if someone has lead poisoning, which is why a lead screening is important. 

Lorain County Public Health offers lead screenings to help find out if your child has been exposed to lead.

Who: All children 6 months to 6 years of age
When: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
            4th Tuesday of the month, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
            Appointments are encouraged; walk-ins accepted during the above times. For an appointment, call 440-322-6367
Where: 9880 S. Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria, OH
Cost: No cost. Bring your insurance card. We will bill your insurance, and a grant will cover any remaining costs.
Details: Lead screening is done with a finger prick (a blood sample). The blood sample is sent to a lab for results. When results are returned to us, we will call you with your child’s lead level if any. If your child has high levels of lead a second test is performed.

If your child does has a high lead level, we will help you with lead clean up in your home and connect you with resources for a healthy home and family.

Partial funding provided by Erie County HUD Lead grant partnership.

LEAD POISONING/LEAD

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are at least 4 million households that have children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead. There are approximately half a million U.S. children ages 1-5 with blood levels above 5 microgram per deciliter (µg/dL). CDC recommends public health actions to be initiated at 5 micrograms per deciliter.

Lead is one of the greatest environmental threats to Ohioans – Lorain County residents are not excluded. Lead is found in paint, gasoline, and soil. Lead-based paint is the most common and most dangerous source of lead exposure for young children.

Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. No safe blood lead level in children has been identified. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect mental ability and academic achievement. And effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected.

The goal is to prevent lead exposure to children before they are harmed. There are many ways parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead. The most important is stopping children from coming into contact with lead. Lead hazards in a child’s environment must be identified and controlled or removed safely.

LEAD TESTING REQUIREMENTS

A blood lead test must be administered to children if “yes” is answered to any of the following:

  1. Does the child live in or regularly visit a property built before 1978 that has peeling/chipping paint or recent/ongoing renovation? This includes childcare centers, preschools, or homes of a babysitter or relative. If yes, TEST – It is OHIO LAW
  2. Is the child on Medicaid?
    If yes at ages 1 & 2, TEST – It is OHIO LAW
    If yes and child is between 3-6 years of age, TEST IF THE CHILD HAS NO TEST HISTROY
  3. Does the child live in high risk ZIP code? (visit www.odh.ohio.gov or provide a link to high risk ZIP codes in Lorain County or bubble off to side with 9 zip codes)
    If yes, TEST - It is OHIO LAW
  4. Ask six key questions to assess risk.

Does the child:

  • Live in or regularly visit a house built before 1950?
  • Have a sibling or playmate who has or did have lead poisoning?
  • Frequently come in contact with an adult who has a hobby or works with lead? Examples are construction, welding, pottery, painting, and casting ammunition.
  • Have known lead exposure during pregnancy?
  • Or the mother reside from another country as an immigrant or refugee?
  • Live near an active or former lead smelter, battery recycling plant, or other industry known to release lead?

If yes to any of the six questions, TEST – It is OHIO LAW

Source:

Ohio Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program