Lead Testing

Public Health Law

NYS Public Health Law Article 21: Control Of Acute Communicable Diseases Title 6 Section 2168 (a) 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.  

Commissioner's Regulations

NYCRR Title X, Part 67 1.4
Regulations for Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control - 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

    • Prior to or within three months of initial enrollment, each child care provider, public and private nursery school and preschool, licensed, certified or approved by any State or local agency shall obtain a written statement signed by a health care provider that documents lead screening for any child at least one year of age but under six years of age, and retain such documentation until one year after the child is no longer enrolled.
    • When no documentation of lead screening exists, the child shall not be excluded from attending nursery school, preschool or childcare, however, the childcare provider, principal, teacher, owner or person in charge of the nursery school or preschool shall provide the parent or guardian of the child with information on lead poisoning and lead poisoning prevention and refer the parent or guardian to the child's primary health care provider or, if the child's primary care provider is unavailable or the child has no primary health care provider, to another primary care provider or to the local health unit to obtain a blood lead test. 

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