For Providers

COVID-19 and Childhood Blood Lead Testing 

The DSHS Blood Lead Surveillance Branch (BLSB) appreciates the commitment of healthcare providers to the health and safety of Texas children. Please visit our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions Page for important information. 

Message to providers via Texas Health Steps:

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Texas Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (TXCLPPP) appreciates the commitment of healthcare providers to the health and safety of Texas children. During COVID-19, the ability to complete Texas Health Steps checkups may be affected, which can result in delays in blood lead testing and follow up. TXCLPPP staff are available to answer questions and support you during this time. TXCLPPP accepts all blood lead test results via the electronic reporting portal or by fax. They realize that COVID-19 may require you to alter your blood lead testing activities. Please visit their COVID-19 and Blood Lead Surveillance Frequently Asked Questions page for additional important information. 

For more information about testing and reporting, please contact TXCLPPP at (800) 588 – 1248 or at

Welcome to the Texas Blood Lead Surveillance Provider's Resources Page. Here you can find up-to-date paperwork for testing, reporting, and conducting follow-up visits for children who test for elevated blood lead levels. You can use the list below to find our resources by category.

Texas Blood Lead Surveillance Videos

The Texas Department of State Health Services has developed training videos on testing children for lead, reporting the results, and conducting follow-up.

Texas Health Steps Videos

Texas Health Steps (THSteps) provides online provider education courses. Courses related to lead screening and prevention include:

Reporting Blood Lead Levels

By Electronic Submission

By Fax

Screening & Testing for Lead in Children

Screening & Testing for Pregnant Women

Lead Poisoning Prevention Guidelines for Prenatal Care Providers in Texas

Used by provider for identification and follow-up care of lead poisoning in women of childbearing age, pregnant women, and postpartum women

Follow-up Forms

 Environmental Lead Investigation forms

Last updated January 13, 2021