The Blood Lead Surveillance Group is made up of two programs:
- The Texas Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
- The Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance Program
The Texas Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (TXCLPPP) maintains a surveillance system of blood lead results on children younger than 15 years of age. Texas law requires reporting of blood lead tests, elevated and non-elevated, for children younger than 15 years of age. Physicians, laboratories, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities must report all blood lead tests to the Texas Child Lead Registry.
The Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance Program (ABLES) maintains a surveillance system of blood lead test results on individuals 15 years of age and older. Laboratories and physicians are required by the Texas Reportable Occupational Conditions Act to report all blood lead levels. Follow-up is conducted on blood lead levels that are 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter (10mcg/dL) of blood or higher.
New Recommendations for Follow-up Blood Lead Testing and Medical Case Management - Effective May 1, 2013
The Strategic Planning Committee, a stakeholder group advising the Texas Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (TXCLPPP), is recommending using a blood lead level of 5 micrograms per deciliter as a change in reference value for follow-up action by healthcare providers. This change will update form Pb-109,Reference for Follow-up Blood Lead Testing and Medical Case Management.
Know your home’s danger zones
LEADFREEKIDS.ORG has developed an interactive webpage that allows you to look for areas around the home that may contain lead.
Blood Lead Testing in Texas: Reporting Information for Providers (pdf 136 KB)
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PO Box 149347, MC 1964
Austin, Texas 78714-9347