Lead Poisoning - How to meet new CDC 5mg/dl guidelines

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Robert Roe
Lead Poisoning - How to meet new CDC 5mg/dl guidelines
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Did anyone else get an email from Healthy Homes asking for advice on how we can best meet the new CDC guidelines the call for blood leads to be less than 5mg/dl? My thinking is only through primary prevention can this goal be achieved. This may mean that whenver homes are sold, that old windows, front porches and exterior lead paint be replaced or put into a lead safe condition.

Expensive "Lead abatement" procedures are not needed, but "Lead Safe" work procedures are definitely needed. Also, the very cumbersome NJ State Childhood Lead Poisoning regulations, NJAC 8:51, need to be changed into a more streamline abatement pocedure. The State no longer funds its lead loan abatement and reloction programs.

Candice Davenport
Latest CDC information on revised blood lead levels


Bob, thank you for bringing this up as a topic for the public health community. See the link above for the latest CDC guidance and announcement of the lowered blood lead level. According to the website, "CDC is no longer using the term “level of concern” [at ten micrograms per deciliter of lead in blood] and is instead using the reference value [ of five (5) micrograms per deciliter of lead in blood] to identify children who have been exposed to lead and who require case management." Furthermore, "The new lower value means that more children will likely be identified as having lead exposure allowing parents, doctors, public health officials, and communities to take action earlier to reduce the child’s future exposure to lead."
As public health advocates, we should be reminding medical practitioners of this new lead level standard and encouraging young families to test their child's blood lead levels at the age appropriate times as well as educating about safe remediation of older homes and other sources of lead in the community.