The EHD performs environmental investigations of possible lead sources at the homes of children who have blood lead levels exceeding those established by the State Department of Health Services as part of the Public Health Services Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program contract. These investigations include on-site inspections, interviews with family members, X-ray Florescence (XRF) testing of paint, dust, soil and water samples or sampling of other non-environmental samples such as foreign home remedies, toys, food products, and hobby materials. The EHD notifies homeowners or occupants if significant sources of lead are found, provides education, requires remediation by an approved contractor, pursues enforcement action when necessary, and conducts clearance inspections. The EHD trains Family Practice resident physicians on case investigations to promote the importance of screening children for lead poisoning. The EHD also maintains strong collaborative working relationships with local, state and federal enforcement agencies.
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