Lead Testing

Why Is Lead Testing Important?

Lead can affect almost every organ and system in the body. Children under the age of 6 are at the highest risk levels. The most important step a parent can take is to prevent lead exposure before it happens. In 2012 the CDC lowered the blood lead level of concern in children in the hopes that it will trigger parents and doctors to take action earlier.

Where Is Lead Found?

If your home or office was built before 1978 there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the leading causes of lead poisoning.

Lead paint is still found in many homes – usually hidden under layers of new paint. Deteriorating paint is a hazard and needs to be tested immediately. Some water service lines and household plumbing materials may also contain lead. Lead can leach or enter the water as water flows through the plumbing.

Who Is Most At Risk?

Children

  • Growing bodies absorb more
  • Developing brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects
  • Putting their hands and object in their mouth increasing exposure levels
  • Eating or drinking from plates and cups containing lead
  • Playing on floors and window sills containing a higher level of lead dust

Adults & Pregnant Women

  • Lead exposure to pregnant women can result in exposure to the developing baby
  • Eating or drinking from plates and cups containing lead
  • Breathing lead dust during renovation or repair work
  • Working in a job or hobby where lead is prevalent

Possible Lead Source:

  • Paint
  • Pipes
  • Toys
  • Gasoline
  • Batteries
  • Cosmetics
  • Ammunition
  • Cement
  • Solder
  • Furniture

 

Types Of Lead Testing

Lead can be tested in paint chip samples, dust wipes, and water sampling.  Depending on the concerns one or all of these methods may be used. ​

The lab analysis will show not only whether lead is present or not but also the levels present in the specific source.

Sources: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/DEODC/CLPPB/Pages/home_test.aspx

https://labtestsonline.org/tests/lead

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