Policy Resources

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

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

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 This terminology is outdated and readers are referred to the ACCLPP recommendations of 2012 pdf icon[PDF – 168 KB].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 Policy Statements


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