East Central Health of Georgia

East Central Health District

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes

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Regional Lead Coordinator
LaShanda Lee
LaShanda.Lee@dph.ga.gov

 

Mission

The mission of the GHHLPPP, in keeping with the proposed HealthyPeople 2020 objective, is to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Georgia.

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What is lead?

Lead is a heavy metal found in the earth’s crust. It can combine with other chemicals to form lead compounds or salts. Lead is a natural element that does not break down in the environment and is very hard to clean up.

What is lead poisoning?

It’s an illness that occurs when someone swallows or inhales lead.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines childhood lead
poisoning as 10 ug/dl (micro-grams per deciliter) or more of lead within the
body at the time of screening.

 

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Finding a Lead Inspector or Lead Risk Assessor

The health department conducts home investigations to find lead sources in the home. These investigations are done when a child has a confirmed elevated blood lead level (>10 ug/dL). The health department does not do home investigations under other circumstances.

If you would like to have your home checked for lead, contact a lead inspector or lead risk assessor. To find professionals in your area, contact DNR.