Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

Lead-Safe VirginiaChildhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children. Houses or childcare centers built before 1978 may have lead-based paint on walls, doors, windows, and sills. The primary source of exposure to children is through the dust from deteriorating lead-based paint. Use only certified lead workers for any renovation, repairs, or painting!

Lead in drinking water is a potential source of exposure for formula fed infants and fetuses. Have your water tested, use certified lead-free bottled water, or an NSF approved filter.

Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. There is no safe blood lead level, and even low levels of lead in blood can potentially affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. The effects of lead exposure cannot be reversed.

Prevent lead poisoning. Get your home tested. Get your child tested. Get the facts!

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. Please ask your provider to test your child at age one and two years of age.

Childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children.  The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) within VDH's Division of Surveillance and Investigation at VDH's Central Office is a CDC-funded program.  The program provides:

  • Surveillance and analysis of reported blood lead levels in children less than 16 years of age
  • Education and outreach to parents, communities, and health professionals about childhood lead poisoning and prevention, and
  • Oversight to providers and local health department staff on screening, testing, and case management for children exposed to lead

The CLPPP aims to ensure that children at risk for lead exposure are identified, tested, and connected to additional services. Through collaboration with local health department staff, health care providers, environmental health specialists, and public health partners, the VA CLPPP aims to make our state a Lead Safe Virginia.

Information about Lead in the Home

Click here to find information about sources of lead and preventing lead exposure, legal considerations for real estate and rental properties, and information for lead professionals.

Information for Parents

Click here to find information about how to keep your family safe from lead exposure and learn what to do if your child has been exposed to lead.

Information about Adult Lead Poisoning

Click here to learn about sources of lead exposure for adults (at work and from hobbies), and how you can prevent bringing lead home to your family.

Information for Health Care Providers

Click here to find information about screening and reporting guidelines, training and continuing education opportunities, materials for patients.

Information for Childcare Centers

Click here for information about potential sources of lead, health effects for children, tips for keeping your facility lead-free, and educational resources for staff.

For more information:

Ashley Koski, Program Coordinator

Janine Kerr, Health Educator

Andrew Tran, Toxic Substances Epidemiologist