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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) Celebrates 30 Years Supporting Local Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Efforts

Since 1991, the CDC's CLPPP has provided support to state and local health departments to promote efforts to protect children from the harmful effects of lead. In collaboration with the CDC and other agencies, significant progress has been made to reduce sources of lead exposure, such as leaded gasoline and lead-based paint. Over the last 30 years, the average blood lead levels in U.S. children less than 6 years of age has declined dramatically; however, many children are still at risk for lead poisoning and its harmful health effects. 

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2021 LogoNational Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 24-30, 2021

The Alabama Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program aligns with the goal of the CDC CLPPP and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in the United States and takes this time to:

  • Raise awareness about the serious health issues associated with lead
  • Emphasize the importance of screening children for lead exposure at 12 and 24 months of age and up to 6 years of age if not tested earlier
  • Educate people to take steps to reduce their risk of lead poisoning

Today, childhood lead poisoning is considered to be the most preventable environmental disease of young children, yet an estimated 200,000 U.S. children have blood lead levels at or above the blood lead reference value, the level at which the CDC recommends public health actions begin. A simple blood test can prevent a lifetime spoiled by the irreversible damage caused by lead poisoning.

Renovation Rules for Pre-1978 Built Housing and Child-Occupied Facilities

Beginning in April of 2010 major renovations and maintenance in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities became subject to new rules. As part of its efforts to eliminate lead exposure, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed a rule requiring that contractors performing renovations, repairs, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. In addition, renovators providing these services are required to provide owners and occupants with the pamphlet "Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools." 

Page last updated: May 14, 2021