Lead in Children

    By: Mishael Azam, Esq. on Dec 22, 2016


    The full Legislature passed A.3411/S.1830.  This bill amends the State statutes related to childhood lead poisoning to require that Department of Health (DOH) regulations regarding testing for, and responses to, elevated blood lead levels in children be consistent with the most recent recommendations of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The bill requires DOH to promulgate regulations concerning the responsive action to be taken when a child's blood lead level tests above the CDC benchmark, including performing environmental follow-up, providing notice to the child's family, performing additional screening of family members, providing case management services, and providing medical treatment, such as chelation therapy. The bill further specifies that the current DOH public information campaign on lead screening is to: (1) highlight the importance of lead screening and encourage parents to have their children screened for lead poisoning at regular intervals, consistent with the age-based timeframes established by DOH; and (2) provide for the widespread dissemination of information to parents and health care providers on the dangers of lead poisoning, the factors that contribute to lead poisoning, the recommended ages at which children should be tested for lead poisoning, and the elevated blood lead levels that will necessitate responsive action.  The bill additionally requires that DOH revise and reissue the information disseminated through the public information campaign within 30 days of making revisions to its blood lead regulations to remain consistent with current federal recommendations.


    Released: December 22, 2016, 11:13 am | Updated: January 3, 2017, 8:21 am
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