Lead Poisoning Prevention

The Department of Environmental Health, Consumer Protection Division is an integral part of the State’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP). Consumer Protection Division coordinates with Public Health Nurses during home environmental investigations to determine the source of lead poisoning for children with harmful levels of lead in their blood.  In addition, Consumer Protection Division provides outreach and guidance to the public on lead safe work practices, lead hazard reduction and related issues.

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  • Lead poisoning is the most common and preventable environmental disease among California children
  • There are no known safe levels2,3
  • Prevention is the best approach so children are not exposed
  • Screening is the approach to early diagnosis of exposure, if it has occurred 
  • Click here to view common sources of lead around the household
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October 24-30 is Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

October 24th through 30th is Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Did you know that lead poisoning is dangerous for young children? Even small amounts of lead can harm a child’s health. A child with lead poisoning can have trouble learning, paying attention, and behaving. The only way to know if your child has lead poisoning is for your child to get a blood test for lead. Has your child been tested for lead poisoning?

Join the California Department of Public Health’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program in celebrating Lead Week 2021 by participating in this year’s first-ever Webinar Series. Throughout the week of October 25-29, we’ll be featuring presenters covering lead poisoning prevention topics for parents, healthcare professionals, childcare providers, and local health programs. All are welcome and registration is free. Register at Lead Week 2021 (ca.gov)

Lead Poisoning Prevention Webinar 2021er

References

  1. MMWR May 27, 2005 / 54(20);513-516
  2. Koller et al. EHP, Jun 2004
  3. Bellinger, Current Opinions in Pediatrics, 2008, 20:172-177

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