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Lead Poisoning Prevention

Lead poisoning is the presence of too much lead in the body.  It is the most common preventable pediatric health problem in the United States today.  It is caused by exposure to lead that is either eaten or inhaled, in the form of dust.  The body carries lead in the blood to soft tissues and bones, where it can be stored for many years.  Lead harms several organs including the nervous system and kidneys.  Lead is especially harmful to the bodies of children younger than 6 years.

Take precautions to avoid exposure to lead dust when remodeling or renovating, call: 1-800-424-LEAD or 1-800-547-0466 for the hearing impaired only.

Program Eligibility 

Children 6 years of age and younger. 

Program Services

Provides nursing case management for Children ages six and under residing in Will County with Elevated Blood Levels (Venous blood level > or = 5 micrograms/dl.

Educational presentations to schools and community groups

Contact Information

Phone:  815-727-8830

Useful Websites:

IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health)

CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

Reporting Elevated Blood Lead Levels

How to Report an Elevated Blood Level

A child’s elevated blood lead level (EBL) can be reported in Will County by one of the following ways:
  • Ask for member of the childhood lead program by calling 815-727-8830
  • Fax to a confidential fax line to 815-774-4474
  • Mail EBL reports to the following address:

Lead Poisoning Prevention Program 
501 Ella Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433