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 cosmetics, food additives and spices, jewelry, pottery, ceremonial powders, and 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.
- NC Minimum Recommendations for Lead Poisoning Prevention
- Quick Reference Guide
- Chapter 1 – Introduction
- Chapter 2 – Lead Testing Requirements and Recommendations
- Chapter 3 – State Laboratory Procedures
- Chapter 4 – Diagnostic Lead Testing and Management (EBLs)
- Chapter 5 – Prenatal Lead Testing
- 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 – Lead and Pregnancy Resources
- Appendix I – NC LEAD
- Appendix J – Other Resources
- NC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (NC CLPPP)
- Lead Surveillance Data – “Data” drop-down link
- Health Hazards Control
- Blood Lead Reporting Template
- NC Leadcare Reporting Template Instructions
- Lead Risk Assessment Questionnaire
- Exposure History of Child with EBL Level Form
- *Revised* Diagnostic & Confirmed BLLs Follow-up Chart
- Spice and Home Remedy Survey (English | Spanish | Hindi)
- Lead and Pregnancy Resources
- CDC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Lead web page
- National Center for Healthy Housing
Slide Images Library provides health professionals with images that can be downloaded and added to PowerPoint slides to discuss aspects of Healthy Homes with clients. Slide image, talking points, and source information available.
Lead Sources Library lists spices, herbal remedies, ceremonial powders, and cosmetics that may contain lead. This library can be sorted by category and provides an image of each item with a brief description.
NC County Resources Library lists agencies and organizations that may be able to assist with housing, environmental hazards and other needs, for each county and statewide.