Child with lead poisoning
The Minnesota Department of Health notifies us
All children should have a blood lead-test as a routine part of their wellness visits at their regular clinic.
All Minnesota clinics are required to report your child's blood lead-test results to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
If your child tests positive — has a blood lead level of 5 micrograms per deciliter or higher:
- MDH tells us
- We contact you
- We help you identify and get rid of the sources of lead poisoning in your home
We send a Healthy Homes inspector to your house
The first thing the inspector does is assess the lead risks at your property by:
- Visually inspecting all painted surfaces for chipping and peeling paint
- Talking to you about what items in your home might contain lead and the risks to children
- Using an XRF (x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy) machine to test painted surfaces for lead content
The second thing the inspector does is collect XFR, dust and soil samples by:
- Wiping lead dust from floors, window wells and window sills
- Taking samples of soil near the foundation of your house and in your yard
The samples are analyzed by a laboratory.
- We'll give corrective orders to the property owner.
- Corrections must be completed within 60 days.
We share inspection results with the property owners
Our risk assessment reports outline:
- The results from the dust and soil samples
- What you need to do to correct any lead hazards
Property owners must complete correction orders in 60 days. Typical orders are to:
- Stabilize painted surfaces
- Replace windows
- Clean windows and floors
- Cover bare soil
We meet with property owners onsite to review the report and answer your questions.
Property owners remove the lead risks
Property owners may:
- Complete correction orders on their own, or
- Enroll in a lead-safe renovation funding opportunity
Before making any repairs, property owners must:
- Notify MDH of all lead-related work plans
- Complete the proper EPA training
The residents of the home may not be present while the repairs are being made.
- This is the law in Minnesota.
- The repairs usually take about a week.
- People may stay with friends or family or at a hotel. If you need help, talk to your inspector.
We inspect the repairs
When the repairs are completed, we'll conduct a clearance inspection to determine if:
- The lead hazards have been abated
- The property is safe to re-occupy
If the property owner fails to comply with the order:
- They will receive administrative citations, and/or
- The residence may be condemned
Property owners must disclose lead-paint
Property owners are legally required to disclose the fact that lead paint was found on their property. They must:
- Keep the risk assessment and clearance reports
- Share the report with all new property owners or renters
- Keep all lead paint intact at all times