Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home
Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paints that contain high levels of lead (called lead-based paint). Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly.
Owners, buyers, and renters are encouraged to check for lead. More information regarding lead can be found at United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES) Lead Hazard Control Program educates families of children about the hazards of lead poisoning and the methods of reducing the sources of lead. More information can be found at Harris County Public Health.
Lead-based Paint is Hazardous to Your Health
The Harris County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program’s goal is to reduce serious and permanent health problems through the early detection of high blood levels and through reducing the prevalence of lead poisoning in children under six years of age. The program staff provide risk assessments of lead exposure among children in the Harris County jurisdiction and the adequacy of activities to address the risk, as well as policy development through the development, oversight, and evaluation of necessary programs, relationships, and policies that will support the CLPP program and assurance through monitoring the provision of CLPP services including, follow-up care and public and professional education while ensuring, as a provider of last resort, the availability of necessary services.
The program staff:
- Provides case management to children who have elevated lead blood levels to ensure that the causes of lead in their blood are identified and addressed.
- Ensures that each child’s physician provides follow-up screening to track the changing levels of lead in the blood as the sources are identified and refer to abatement when indicated.
- Develops and maintains a local database so that lead poisoned cases can be more accurately tracked, evaluated, and monitored.
- Provides education to physicians, families of children with elevated blood lead levels and others regarding the need for screening/re-screening, the methods of identifying and abating the sources of lead.
- Conducts the target screening in groups or areas of high risks.
- Provides public education on the dangers and prevention of lead poisoning.
For more information or to download the Lead Hazard Control Program Application, click here.
Lead Hazard Control Program Information
- HCPHES Lead Program – How do I Qualify
- Texas Department of State Health Services – Childhood Blood Lead Poisoning/Reporting of Childhood Lead Poisoning
- U.S. Residential Lead-Based Pain Hazard Reduction Act of 1992
- HUD Lead Safe Housing Renovation Rule-24 CFR 35