Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES)

About ABLES

The ABLES program was created to reduce elevated blood lead levels (BLL) among working adults 16 years or older. ABLES collects BLL data from state programs to examine trends and guide interventions to prevent work-related lead exposures.

Though the rate of high BLLs has decreased, the work to prevent elevated BLLs is far from complete. Many lead-exposed workers may not be tested for lead exposure, or their test results may not be reported to public health authorities. Therefore, ABLES data provide a low estimate of the true magnitude of elevated adult lead exposures in the United States.

How the ABLES Program Makes a Difference

Page last reviewed: February 23, 2021