Policy Resources

Policy resources and tools to support effective childhood lead poisoning prevention programs.

Some of the documents below refer to a blood lead level of 5 micrograms per deciliter (μg/dL) as the CDC’s blood lead reference value. CDC uses a blood lead reference value of 3.5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) to identify children with blood lead levels that are higher than most children’s levels. This level is based on the 97.5th percentile of the blood lead values among U.S. children ages 1-5 years from the 2015-2016 and 2017-2018 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) cycles. Children with blood lead levels at or above the BLRV represent the top 2.5% of children with the highest blood lead levels.

Some of the documents on this page are presented for historical purposes and are not being maintained or updated.

Federal laws
  • HUD’s Lead Safe Housing Ruleexternal icon
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Lead Safe Housing Rule applies to all target housing that is federally owned and applies to target housing receiving federal assistance.
  • Title X Regulations (Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992)

State laws
Lead-Safe Housing Policy

  • Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)external icon
    This 2007 report examines how the LIHTC program has addressed childhood lead poisoning associated with lead-based paint hazards in old housing that is undergoing rehabilitation. It describes additional measures that should be taken to ensure that program advances the goal of eliminating the disease by 2010 and does not inadvertently create lead-based paint hazards in the housing units it rehabilitates, therefore protecting the future viability of the program.
Policy Statements

American Academy of Pediatrics

Lead Policy Statements

Note: CDC uses a blood lead reference value of 3.5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) to identify children with blood lead levels that are  higher than most children’s levels. This level is based on the on the 97.5th percentile of the blood lead values among  U.S. of children ages 1-5 years from the 2015-2016 and 2017-2018 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) cycles. Children with blood lead levels at or above the BLRV represent those at the top 2.5% with the highest blood lead levels.

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.

Tools

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