Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Kentucky Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (KCLPPP) is part of the Healthy Homes Initiative and offers a comprehensive approach to primary and secondary prevention of childhood and prenatal lead poisoning and other housing-related health hazards.

Primary lead poisoning prevention includes blood lead screenings for at-risk populations and education on prevention strategies to decrease childhood and prenatal lead hazard exposure.

Secondary prevention includes case management follow-up for elevated blood lead levels, medical and environmental services, epidemiologic studies, education and connections to other professionals and programs.

Primary Prevention: Blood lead screening of at-risk populations

  • Children 72 months of age and younger and pregnant patients
  • Medicaid eligible
  • Those living in a targeted ZIP code
  • Those responding yes or don't know on the Lead Poisoning Verbal Risk Assessment

Education on preventive strategies

  • Identify and keep children away from potential sources of lead hazards
  • Promote increased amounts of calcium, iron and vitamin C and less fat in diet to help prevent lead absorption 

For housing built before 1978:

  • Housecleaning techniques such as damp dusting, wet mopping, vacuuming daily with a HEPA-filtered vacuum, leaving shoes at the door in a tote or on a shelf inaccessible to children, wiping child's toys down daily and keeping in a covered tote 
  • Hand washing with soap and water prior to eating/snacking or sleep times
  • Use temporary measures to reduce childhood access to lead based paint hazards that may include but are not limited to: blocking child access to potential hazardous area with a barrier, for example, placing furniture in front of a chipping window sill;
  • Use duct or masking tape and plastic or cardboard to cover chipping/peeling surfaces until permanent work can be conducted;
  • Keep child’s hands washed with soap and water, (germ gel does not remove lead), wash hands before snacks and meals and before all sleep times (especially if child is crawling and/or in hand-to-mouth exploration stage)
  • Leave shoes outside or place shoes in a tote or shelf out of the child’s reach to keep lead dust/paint chips from being tracked in from outside.
  • Explore the possibility of relocating child(ren) and pregnant women from the home while renovation/remediation work is in progress.
  • Assure the family is using lead safety work practices during renovations (walk off areas, plastic off door areas, remove shoes/clothing before entering living spaces, daily clean up and vacuuming of work and walk off areas). 

Order renovation posters and brochures

Consumer Updates

Consumer Product Safety Commission 

FDA Unapproved Chelation Drugs 

Provider Information
Lead Verbal Risk Assessment Questionnaire

Blood Lead Specimen Collection Guidelines 

Blood Lead Screening and Elevated Blood Lead Guidelines 

AAP Preventive Pediatric Health Care Periodicity Schedule 

Preventing Lead Poisoning In Young Children (CDC, 2005)

Managing Elevated Blood Lead Levels Among Young Children: Recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (CDC, 2002)  

Guidelines for the Identification and Management of Lead Exposure in Pregnant and Lactating Women (Nov 2010)

Pediatric Brochure (KDPH, 2016)

Relevant state laws (Kentucky Revised Statutes)

KRS 211.902 

KRS 211.903 

KRS 211.905

Preventing Lead Poisoning In Young Children (CDC, 2005)

CDC Response to Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Recommendations in Low Level Lead Exposure Harms Children: A Renewed Call of Primary Prevention

NCHH CDC ACCLPP Response Summary Chart

News Release: Obama Administration Working to Close Racial, Ethnic Gap on Asthma/Asthma disproportionately affects minority children, children living below poverty level (May 31, 2012) 

Education Materials

Lead: What You Should Know to Protect Your Family   

EPA Lead Poisoning and Your Children 

EPA Fight Lead Poisoning with a Healthy Diet 

EPA, CPSC, HUD Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home 

Lead Poisoning: Are Your Children at Risk? 

Prevent Lead Poisoning: Eat Healthy 

Pregnancy and Lead 


HUD, EPA, CDC Lead Paint Safety Field Guide 

Lead Hazards: Guidelines for Repairs 

EPA Lead-Based Paint Pre-Renovation Rule 

EPA and HUD Real Estate Notification and Disclosure Rule: Questions and Answers 

HUD Remodeling Information Sheet 

Routine Cleaning as an Interim Control for Lead Dust 

Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations

Lead Poisoning Prevention (continuous looping presentation) 

Materiales en Español

Contribuya a Tener un Hogar Sano, Proteja la Salud de sus Hijos Help Yourself to a Healthy Home, Protect Your Children's Health

Combata el Envenenamiento con Plomo con una Dieta Saludable Fight Lead Poisoning with a Healthy Diet

Proteja a Su Familia en Contra del Plomo en Su Casa
Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home

Reduccion del los Riesgos de Contaminacion por Plomo Cuando Reducing Lead Hazards When Remodeling Your Home

El Envenenamiento Por El Plomo y Sus Niños
Lead Poisoning and Your Children

El envenenamiento con plomo: ¿Están sus niños en peligro?
Lead Poisoning: Are Your Children at Risk?

Prevenga el envenenamiento con plomo Como saludablemente
Prevent Lead Poisoning Eat Healthy

El Embarazo y el Plomo