Lead Exposure and Testing Resources for Schools

Public Health Law requires blood level testing by healthcare providers for children at the ages defined in Public Health Law. Effective 10/2019, NYS Public Health Law (§ 1370) and Regulations were amended to lower the definition of an elevated blood lead level in a child to 5 micrograms per deciliter. NYSIIS reports whether or not blood testing was completed, but not the results of the testing. Please read the NYSDOH law and regulations below for school responsibilities.

NYS Public Health Law Article 21: Control Of Acute Communicable Diseases Section 2168 Statewide Immunization Information System 

Schools should provide appropriate educational materials developed by the department pursuant to section thirteen hundred seventy-a of this chapter on the dangers of lead exposure, and the health risks associated with elevated blood lead levels to the parents or legal guardians of the student with an elevated blood lead level and information on programs that may be available to the student and the parents or legal guardians of the student. 

 

NYSDOH Regulations for Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control - NYCRR Title X, Part 67  Provides information on lead screening and follow-up of children by health care providers, Laboratory testing and specimen collection, Lead screening status of children who enroll in preschool or childcare, Role of local health units. Reporting of Blood Lead Levels. Statutory Authority: Public Health Law, section 206 (1) (n) and Title X of Article 13) Adopted December 22, 1993, Amended effective 6/20/2009

 

67-1.4 Lead screening status of children who enroll in preschool or child care Effective Date: 06/20/2009 

NYS Public Health Law Article 21: Control Of Acute Communicable Diseases Section 2168 Statewide Immunization Information System 

Schools should provide appropriate educational materials developed by the department pursuant to section thirteen hundred seventy-a of this chapter on the dangers of lead exposure, and the health risks associated with elevated blood lead levels to the parents or legal guardians of the student with an elevated blood lead level and information on programs that may be available to the student and the parents or legal guardians of the student. 

Educational Materials

NYSDOH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Webpage

Educational Interventions for Children Affected by Lead -Outlines data describing the effects of lead, summarizes in plain language the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) parts B and C, and provides information on how these provisions relate to children affected by lead. Describes major gaps in our scientific understanding of the efficacy of educational interventions for reversing academic problems in children affected by lead (CDC, 2015).

Lead Exposure in Children (American Academy of Pediatrics 2016)

Reducing Lead in Drinking Water - Resources for Schoolseducing Lead in Drinking Water (USEAP) - Resources for Schools (U.S Environmental Protection Agency Region  March 25, 2016) www.epa.gov

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Recall Webpage- To reduce risks of lead exposure in consumer products, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) provides ongoing recalls of current products that could potentially expose children to lead.

Lead Testing in School Drinking Water

 NYSED Lead Testing in School Drinking Water Webpage

On September 6, 2016, the Governor signed legislation requiring all school districts in New York State to test potable water systems for lead contamination and to take responsive actions. To implement this new law, This page contains resources to assist school districts and BOCES in implementing the regulations. It includes testing information, memos, webinars and contact information for assistance. (Updated 7/2/19) EPA Region 2 office, your local health department or BOCES staff can provide additional inquiries. Click here to contact the EPA Region 2 Offices.

NYSED et the Lead Out (NYSED) - Overview of the National Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments and limits on lead in plumbing used in schools.

Page Updated 3/3/2021