Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention

This program maintains a database registry of children who have been tested for lead throughout Broome County.  It provides medical case management and educational outreach to families for all children with blood lead levels 10 ug/dl (micrograms per deciliter) or higher.

Once a high blood lead level is reported, this program conducts an investigation of the child's home and the home of the child's caregiver.  This applies to children up to 18 years of age.  These investigations include educating parents and guardians about lead poisoning, identifying the cause of the child's lead poisoning, issuing a Notice and Demand, as appropraite, to the property owner to eliminate the hazards within a specific time-frame, and re-inspecting the home to make sure the hazards have been removed.  The Lead Program enforces the NYS Sanitary Code Part 67-2, the Broome County Sanitary Code and the Public Health Law relating to lead hazards.

The Notice of Demand requires EPA Lead Safe Renovator Training for anyone conducting lead hazard control work.  This class provides workers with information about the health hazards created by lead-based paint and how proper work practices can control these hazards.  The Broome County Department's Lead Program can provide this training for free to those who qualify.

CLPPP also provides community-wide education on lead poisoning to the general public, health professionals, property owners, painting contractors, childcare providers, parent groups, and more.  This is provided through formal and informal presentations, informational brochures, health fairs and exhibitions.

For those concerned about Lead Poisoning, be sure to get your children tested for lead at age 1 and again at age 2, wash toys and surfaces regularly, and provide your child with a diet rich in calcium, iron, and vitamin C.  If your child, up to age 18, lives or regularly spends tinme in an older home and may have been exposed to deterioratied lead paint or lead dust, alert your child's health care provider and ask fo a blood lead test.  You are your child's best advocate.  If you have questions, please call (607) 778-2847.

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