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Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Program Overview

The Erie County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (Child Lead) is responsible for the case management of lead poisoned children in Erie County.  The program addresses the potential for lead exposure, as well as preventing lead poisoned children from further exposure. The program conducts investigations and provides information to the parents or guardians of children under age 18 years old that have tested positive for elevated blood lead level.  New York State Guidelines require that all children be screened for lead at ages 1 and 2 years old and every year up to age 6 years old if their are certain risk factors like living in a house that was built before 1978.

Services Provided

1. Case management for children with elevated blood lead levels including:   Lead finger-prick

  • Medical and environmental case management
  • Evaluation of all lead test results completed in Erie County
  • Notify parent/guardian of elevated test results
  • Home visits and referrals based on blood lead levels
  • Check properties where a child with an elevated blood lead level lives and visits 
  • Check properties based on blood lead level
  • Notify parents/guardians and property owners of lead hazards at the property
  • Follow-up visits to ensure compliance and act as an enforcement agent on non-compliance
  • Information on proper medical evaluation and follow up

2. Provide leadership and coordination of lead activities in the community and work with the following organizations to promote the safety of children regarding exposure to lead.

  • New York State Department of Health
  • Western New York Lead Poisoning Prevention Resource Center
  • Regional Coalitions
  • Local Head Start Programs
  • Local School Systems 
  • Local Primary Care Providers and Pediatricians

3. Offer lead testing for children under age 6 years old who require a test but cannot obtain one due to lack of health insurance coverage.

4. Provide information about lead exposure, ways to reduce exposure, medical treatment, and legislation

Related Programs & Additional Information


Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
Environmental Health Division
503 Kensington Avenue (see map)
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: 716-961-6800 
Fax: 716-961-6880