Lead Screening

Lead Screening is required for children they must be tested or assessed. This applies to children six months through six years of age. They must show proof of testing or assessment when entering day care, preschool or kindergarten. A doctor or nurse must sign the Lead Risk Assessment Questionnaire. This section of the law has not changed. The school nurse can review the risk assessment questionnaire with the parent and can sign the form. Be advised that any single “Yes” or “Don’t Know” requires a blood lead test, as does residing in a high risk ZIP code.

High risk zip codes for Livingston County include the following:

60420 60460 60920 60921 60929 60934 61311 61313 61333 61740 61741 61743 61769 61775

The amendment to the Lead Poisoning Prevention law says that doctors shall screen children seven years of age and older if the physician decides that the child is at risk for lead poisoning. There is no further school requirement for older children. To view the entire text, go to www.ilga.gov.

The law adheres to the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, therefore, younger children who are at risk for lead poisoning based on the answers provided on the Lead Risk Assessment Questionnaire should have a blood lead test at 12 and 24 months as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Lead Prevention and Screening Guidelines

Lead Risk Assessment Questionaire

Illinois Department of Public Health Pediatric Lead Poisoning High-Risk ZIP Code Areas