Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board

Michigan Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board

In order to eliminate child lead exposure in Michigan, a greater focus on primary prevention tactics will be crucial for success.

Gov. Rick Snyder formed the Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board in May to design a long-term strategy for addressing child lead exposure and poisoning in Michigan. Snyder appointed Calley to chair the board and asked for recommendations by November.

The board developed a comprehensive roadmap that included both primary and secondary prevention strategies within five key areas:

  • Testing of children for elevated blood lead levels;
  • Follow-up monitoring and services, including case management;
  • Environmental lead investigations;
  • Remediation and abatement; and
  • Dashboards and reporting.

The report includes more than 100 recommendations to address these issues including:

  • Require that all children are tested for lead poisoning between 9 and 12 months and 24 to 36 months of age.
  • Ensure that all medical professionals caring for children receive professional education regarding lead testing and elevated blood lead level management.
  • Develop and manage a centralized data and reporting system to track cases of children with elevated blood levels to determine which follow-up services should be or are being provided.
  • Support continued research and development of policies for water testing in homes and interpreting the results.
  • Adopt a consistent, statewide code enforcement model that is proactive and addresses exposure from lead-based paint and its causes.
  • Convene a meeting to discuss updating federal regulations affecting remediation and abatement with Environmental Protection Agency and Housing and Urban Development officials.
  • Collaborate with state departments to increase the lead abatement workforce in Michigan.
  • Broaden training and outreach to homeowners and tenants regarding lead safety on home projects, health effects of lead exposure and availability of testing and remediation options.
  • Explore under what conditions the state could publish addresses of homes that have historically been locations where poisoned children and/or lead hazards were identified to prevent further exposure.
  • Require information on lead testing and lead poisoning levels to be widely disseminated.
  • Create a permanent commission that will work with all stakeholders to coordinate child lead exposure elimination efforts across the state.
  • Utilize existing programs whose primary focus may not be lead elimination to support efforts to reduce exposure risk.  
  • Develop protocols for improving collection of data, data analysis and data sharing to better identify risks of lead exposure.
  • Create pilot programs to assess primary prevention practices in local communities and assess the impact on child lead exposure rates.
  • Develop protocols to identify residence “hot zones” where young children are being exposed to lead and implement these protocols across Michigan.