Guidelines and Recommendations

Resources and guidance documents to support effective childhood lead poisoning prevention programs.

Health Care Systems/Insurance Guidelines
Primary Prevention Guidelines

Note: In 2012, CDC updated its recommendations on children’s blood lead levels. CDC now uses a blood lead reference value of 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) to identify children with blood lead levels that are much higher than most children’s levels. This new level is based on the U.S. population of children ages 1-5 years who are in the highest 2.5% of children when tested for lead in their blood.

Screening and Case Management Guidelines

Note:  CDC now uses a blood lead reference value of 5 micrograms per deciliter to identify children with blood lead levels that are much higher than most children’s levels. This new level is based on the U.S. population of children ages 1-5 years who are in the highest 2.5% of children when tested for lead in their blood.

The documents below refer to a blood-lead level of 10 micrograms per deciliter (μg/dL) as the CDC level of concern for adverse health outcomes in children. This terminology is outdated and readers are referred to the ACCLPP recommendations of 2012 pdf icon[PDF – 168 KB].

Lead Toxicology Reports

** These documents are being kept on this website for historical purposes and are no longer in print.