To educate parents and care givers on the importance of preventing exposure
to lead, RISKS that cause lead poisoning and
TESTING for children up to age 6. To provide Medical
& Environmental FOLLOW-UP and case management for
children identified with lead poisoning.
Be sure to also check the FAQ about
Lead Risk Evaluation:
- Does your child live in or regularly visit a house with peeling or chipped
- Does your child live in or regularly visit a house built prior to 1960?
- Are renovations being done on your home that was built prior to 1960?
- Does your child have a brother, sister, or playmate who is being treated for
- Does your child frequently come in contact with an adult whose job or hobby
involves exposure to lead? (i.e.: welding, construction, battery recycling
plant, pottery, stained glass?)
- Does your child live near a heavily traveled major highway where soil and
dust maybe contaminated with lead?
- Does your child regularly eat or drink from dishes or use folk remedies from
If you answered "Yes" to any of the above questions your child could
be at risk for lead poisoning. Please contact your doctor to arrange for lead
testing. If you have questions, please call Sullivan County Public
Health Services at 845-292-5910 Extension 2213.
- Which children should be
Public Health law mandates testing for possible lead poisoning at the
ages of 1 & 2 years old. Also, children should be screened regularly until 6
years of age. Preschool and childcare programs will ask whether your child has
Medical and Environmental Follow-up:
Any child with a blood level (BLL) of 10 ug/dL or above is
monitored by the Sullivan County Lead Prevention Program.
BLL readings of 10-19 ug/dL receive risk reduction and educational
information in the mail and, if possible, also by telephone. A child with a BLL
of 20 ug/dL or higher is considered lead poisoned and receives educational
material as well as a home visit by a Registered Nurse. An environmental
assessment of the home by the Monticello District Office of the New York State
Department of Health is also done to pinpoint any hidden high lead areas that
might be the source of the lead poisoning.
For questions regarding lead based paint and other environmental
factors, contact NYSDOH at 845-794-2045. All other inquiries pertaining to lead
poisoning and prevention, contact us at 845-292-0100, ext. 2730.