Lead Testing

Lead exposure can cause: 

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system

  • Slowed growth and development

  • Learning and behavior problems

  • Learning and speech problems

Lead testing is recommended for children 1 to 6 years of age and adults who are exposed to high lead levels through their work such as; 

Painters

Auto repair workers

Galvanizers

Plumbers

are also encouraged to have their blood lead level tested.

 

Loup Basin Public Health Department is partnering with Nebraska DHHS’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.  This program has successfully assisted with lowering many children’s blood lead levels by educating parents and encouraging follow-up testing so that no child is forgotten.  The program tracks every child who has had their blood levels tested.  For parents of children with elevated blood levels, education is provided so that parents know the lead hazards in their environments and how to lower those exposure risks.

 

Homes built before 1978 continue to be the most wide-spread and dangerou high-dose source of lead exposure in young children.

Atleast four million households have children living in them are are being exposed to high levels of lead. 

Other exposures include, contaminated soil and parents that bring lead home from work. 

LBPHD Contact

Ashley Jeffres
Phone: 308-346-5795 EXT. 107
Email: ashleyjeffres@lbphd.org

 

Additional Resources:

 

Environmental Protection Agency

www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/leadinfo.htm

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/

 

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

www.cpsc.gov

 

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Lead.aspx