Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

Health Department staff address childhood lead poisoning in a variety of ways, including providing screenings, overseeing treatment and working to remove lead risks in homes. Staff work together towards the goal of eliminating childhood lead poisoning.

Lead is a harmful element that is toxic to the human body even in tiny amounts. Every year, many children in Kentucky are affected by lead poisoning. Learn more about lead and its health effects.


Every child should be tested by his or her primary care provider for lead poisoning at ages 9 to 12 months and again at age 24 months. Children with a higher risk should be tested more frequently. A Health Department nurse works to manage the cases of any children found to have high blood lead levels.

Information regarding lead test results.


Staff from the Health Department conducts investigations for possible causes when a child is found to have high blood lead levels.

Education and outreach

Health Department staff collaborate with community groups and state and federal agencies to provide education around childhood lead poisoning.

Lead poisoning prevention and properties

Nearly all lead poisoning cases in Northern Kentucky are associated with buildings that were built prior to 1978 and contain lead-based paint. This includes many buildings in the cities of Bromley, Ludlow, Covington, Latonia, Newport, Dayton and Bellevue.

To reduce the risk of childhood lead poisoning, the following are recommended:

  • Ask about lead before buying or renting. The owner must disclose known information about lead-based paint hazards
  • Owners or renters should be careful when restoring or renovating homes built before 1978. Certain guidelines are in place for lead hazard abatement, when lead levels are known to be above safe levels, and lead-safe work practices. For more information, call 859-341-4151.

More information

Call the Health Department at 859-341-4151.

Kentucky Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Kentucky Environmental Lead Program

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Environmental Protection Agency