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
Free blood tests are available at the Sustainable Resource Center.
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
Get information about lead-safe renovation funding
Before making any repairs, property owners must:
- Notify MDH of all lead-related work plans
- Complete the proper EPA training
Get information about EPA training requirements
Get information about licensed lead abatement specialists
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
Test your child's blood lead level
Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415