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To address Dane County's lead poisoning problem, the PHMDC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program works at the following goals:

  • Prevent children from being exposed to lead hazards
  • Assure that Dane County children receive blood lead screening
  • Assist families when a child is lead poisoned
  • Analysis of lead poisoning issues in Madison & Dane County

Our Lab tests for lead in paint, varnish and water. (PDF)

Preventing Exposure to Lead Hazards

Consultation & Outreach: The Department works to prevent lead exposure by educating Dane County residents, property owners, and contractors on the hazards of lead and ways to minimize or eliminate lead hazards. This is done through one-to-one consultation and group presentations. If you have questions about lead or would like someone to talk with your group about lead hazards, please call (608) 242-6332 or email bodegaard@publichealthmdc.com

  • Home Repair Without Poisoning: Home Improvement Guide (PDF) English / Español

Lead Ordinance Enforcement

For City of Madison Residents: Through enforcement of Madison General Ordinance 7.49, the Department intends to prevent lead exposures by ensuring that property owners and contractors follow safe work practices when painting or remodeling older housing.

To register a complaint or ask questions about unsafe lead work that you have witnessed, call 266-4821.

Assurance of Blood Lead Screening for Children

Blood lead screening for children: Lead screening is available from PHMDC Clinics for children ages 9 months to 6 years who are unable to be screened by a private medical provider. To obtain lead screening services for your child, call (608) 266-4821 to schedule an appointment.

Outreach to Medical Providers

Most Dane County families receive medical care for their young children from private medical providers. For this reason, it is important for these providers to be knowledgeable about the risk for lead poisoning and the current guidelines for screening and treatment of children for lead exposure and poisoning. As with the general public, the Department provides one-to-one consultation and group presentations on request to local clinics and providers. To schedule a presentation at your clinic or request specific information on case management for a lead poisoned child, call (608) 243-0334 or email jnerad@publichealthmdc.com.

Assistance for Families with Lead Poisoned Children

A child is considered lead poisoned if they have a blood lead level (BLL) of 5 µg/dL (microgram of lead per deciliter of blood) or greater. Families with lead poisoned children are eligible for the following services:

Children with BLL 3 - 9 µg/dL:

  • Home visit and visual inspection by certified lead hazard investigator or risk assessor.
  • Professional consultation on managing lead hazards in the home.
  • A basic lead clean-up kit.

Children with BLL 10 - 14 µg/dL:

  • Home visit and visual inspection by certified lead hazard investigator or risk assessor.
  • Professional consultation on managing lead hazards in the home.
  • A basic lead clean-up kit.
  • Mailed reminders for follow-up blood lead testing of the lead poisoned child.

Children with BLL > 15 µg/dL:
  • Full lead risk assessment of the child's primary residence. Risk assessment of additional properties as appropriate.
  • Public health nurse case management to assess child development and assure appropriate medical management.
  • Professional consultation on managing lead hazards in the home including written orders to correct the lead hazards identified.
  • A basic lead clean-up kit.
  • Mailed reminders for follow-up blood lead testing of the lead poisoned child.

BRIEF SURVEY FOR RENTERS OF RENTAL PROPERTIES BUILT BEFORE 1978

PHMDC is asking renters of rental property built before 1978 to take a brief survey. The purpose of this survey is to find out if families in rental units are given information about lead-based paint hazards in compliance with a federal law. The regulation states that individuals renting or purchasing a home built before 1978 must be informed about the presence of lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards in the home or rental unit, and be provided any related records or reports, and prevention materials from the US Environmental Protection Agency.

The information gathered from this survey is anonymous and will allow PHMDC to determine what further steps need to be taken to ensure renters are properly informed about the risks and hazards of lead. If you rent a house or apartment built before 1978, we ask you take the following survey:

Lead poisoning continues to pose a challenge to the health of children in our community. Exposure to lead over a long period of time, even at very low levels, can result in life-long problems ranging from organ damage to the increased risk of learning disabilities, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, and behavior problems. Young children and pregnant women are the most at risk due to the effects of lead on the developing brain of the child. In most cases, symptoms from lead poisoning do not occur until years following exposure.

For additional information about childhood lead poisoning, prevention of exposure, and testing your child for lead, please visit Lead Poisoning Prevention.

Key Contacts
Questions or Concerns:
(608) 243-0334
jnerad@
publichealthmdc.com


Complaints about unsafe lead work, or to obtain lead screening services for your child:
(608) 266-4821