Dust or flakes from peeling or chipping lead paint gets into children’s bodies through hand-to-mouth contact. Lead was banned from use in residential paint in 1978 but any house built before 1978 likely has lead-based paint somewhere in the building.
Lead removal is very hazardous and should only be done by a licensed professional.
Lead can also be found in some:
- food additives
- traditional medicines
Lead is a hazardous contaminant that can cause health problems in children and adults. During pregnancy, lead can cause preeclampsia (high blood pressure and high protein in the urine) and other problems that impact the fetus. Lead exposure is linked with reduced IQ, learning disabilities, and other health problems.
- *Updated* NC Childhood Lead Testing Manual, March 2016
- Quick Reference Guide
- Chapter 1 – Introduction
- Chapter 2 – Requirements and Recommended Guidelines
- Chapter 3 – State Laboratory Procedures
- Chapter 4 – Case Management and Follow-Up
- Appendix A – Glossary
- Appendix B – Contact Information
- Appendix C – Recent Memoranda
- Appendix D – Forms
- Appendix E – Educational and Outreach Materials
- Appendix F – Nutritional Material
- Appendix G – References about Refugee Children
- Appendix H – NCLEAD
- Appendix I – Other Resources
- *Updated* Lead Surveillance Data – Data can be found under the “Surveillance Data” dropdown link.
- NC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (NC CLPPP)
- NC Division of Public Health Women’s Health Branch Lead and Pregnancy Initiative
- NC Division of Public Health Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, Lead-Based Paint Management webpage
- National Center for Healthy Housing, Lead webpage
- US Environmental Protection Agency, Lead webpage