LEAD POISONING PREVENTION
A comprehensive community intervention program available to prevent childhood lead poisoning, provides nursing case management and environmental inspections for children ages six and under with elevated blood levels.
About the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
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.
Remodeling or Renovating Precautions
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.
Lead Poisoning Program Services and Eligibility
- Provides nursing case management for Children ages six and under (change six to 15) and pregnant women with elevated blood lead levels residing in Will County (Venous blood level > or = 5 micrograms/dl.)
- Educational presentations to schools and community groups.
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 815-846-8953
- Mail EBL reports to the following address:
Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
501 Ella Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
Mon. – Thurs.
7:30am – 6pm
7:30am – 4:00pm
7:30am – 3:30pm
Second Wednesday of every month
7:30am-12:00pm and 4:00pm-6:00pm