Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Lead dust and chips from lead-based paint are the most common source of lead poisoning. As lead-based paint ages, it can deteriorate (chip, crack, peel) because of weathering.
This infographic explains how some imported plastic/vinyl mini-blinds can be lead hazards and provides a checklist to help you determine if you may have a hazard in your home.
This infographic explains how lead is a serious problem for unborn babies and provides simple steps to help minimize the risk of lead in your home.
This document contains a list of frequently asked questions for parents to learn more about childhood lead poisoning.
Keep lead out of your life. It is a poison and interferes with many of the normal functions in the human body. Lead can affect the chemicals which carry nerve signals, and cause changes to memory, intelligence and behavior. Lead interferes with the formation of hemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying substance in red blood cells) and cause anemia.
California and U.S. health officials have detected dangerous levels of lead in 112 distinct brands of candy – most of them made in Mexico. One in four candy and wrapper samples have come up high since 1993, records show. But much of this information about tainted candy has been kept from parents and public health workers.
Lead can affect the nervous system, especially the growing brain, of infants and young children and cause learning and behavior problems that last a lifetime. Lead dust can get into a person’s body by breathing it in, by eating with unwashed hands, or from putting unwashed hands or objects that have lead dust on them into the mouth.
This is a personal protective equipment check list for workers explains a few simple steps you can take to reduce your exposure to lead at indoor firing ranges. These steps include wearing a respirator, coveralls including shoe covers, safety goggles, and chemical resistant gloves. It also provides some additional website resource links so you can learn more about preventing occupational exposures to lead and noise at indoor firing ranges.
Use this questionnaire to help you and your health care provider to decide if your child needs a blood test for lead.
Lead poisoning continues to be an important, preventable environmental health problem. However, only a low number of children in New Mexico are screened for lead each year. This document provides technical guidelines for screening and managing cases of childhood lead poisoning.
This questionnaire provides a list of questions intended to gather all the essential information required to help those who are pregnant or planning pregnancy determine if they need a blood test for lead.
General information about lead in drinking water.
Tips to reduce your exposure to lead in tap water.
This document answers many questions about workers who are at risk of bringing home lead from work.
Lead exposure can have adverse effects on various organs and systems in the body, resulting in negative health effects, both acute and chronic, depending on the level of exposure or dose, exposure duration, and other factors including dietary. In New Mexico, industries where lead exposure is common include public safety, radiator repair, mining and construction.
Lead exposure during pregnancy and breastfeeding can result in lasting adverse health effects independent of lead exposure during other life stages. However, to date there has been limited guidance available for clinicians & the public health community regarding the screening and management of pregnant and lactating women exposed to high levels of lead.