Testing for lead poisoning is a key component of childhood lead poisoning prevention. Most children with elevated blood lead levels exhibit no symptoms. Early detection of a child's elevated blood lead level permits timely identification of possible lead hazards in order to prevent further elevation of child's blood lead level. Since 1993, New York State law has mandated that medical providers screen all children for lead poisoning at one and two years of age, and assess risks (at least annually) to determine the need for a blood lead screen for any child between the ages of six months and six years.
Blood lead levels of 10 mcg/dL or greater for all NYC residents must be reported within 24 hours:
For children younger than 18 years of age, fax to (347) 396-8935.
For adults, fax to (646) 632-6105.
After business hours doctors should call (212) POISONS (764-7667).