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  • Blood Lead Test Reporting

    Working with you to identify and prevent child lead poisoning.

    Requirements for laboratories and healthcare providers

    State law (WAC 246-101-201) requires laboratories that perform blood lead testing to report results to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). The law also requires healthcare providers that use a capillary point of care machine (LeadCare II) to provide all results.

    Public health role

    Washington State Department of Health tracks blood lead levels in our children to develop an accurate picture of our state’s public health risk. We use this information to develop appropriate interventions, advocate for funding and keep our children safe.

    1. The laboratory or healthcare provider report elevated blood lead levels directly to DOH.
    2. DOH staff contact the laboratory or healthcare provider to collect complete case information.
    3. DOH enters the case into the Childhood Lead Registry and also enters case management into the Public Health Issue Management System, a web-based reporting system for notifiable conditions that supports communication between DOH and local health jurisdictions.
    4. Based on staffing capacity and severity of the situation, the local health jurisdiction responds to elevated blood lead cases.

    Content from Department of Health’s Expert Panel Childhood Lead Screening Guidelines provides more information on blood lead test reporting.

    Resources

    Lead Educational Resources