Lead Poisoning Prevention


Lead poisoning is a condition caused by the swallowing or inhaling of lead.  Some sources for this can be lead-based paint or pipes found in older residences or buildings, and any other lead-containing materials including contaminated dust or fumes. Young children face the greatest risks from lead because their bodies absorb lead more easily, and because they are more apt to put things into their mouths.

Pediatricians who see children between the ages of six months and six years of age should conduct universal lead screenings. Testing is recommended at age 1 and 2

The Columbia County Department of Health provides lead screenings by appointment for children under age 6 who have no medical insurance.  An environmental assessment for lead in a structure can be performed by this department when elevated blood levels have been demonstrated for occupants.  Contact the office at (518) 828-3358.

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Lead Poisoning House

CCDOH Nursing staff providing Lead Poisoning Prevention education to Columbia County youth
CCDOH nursing staff providing Lead Poisoning Prevention education to Columbia County youth