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The harmful impact of lead exposure is well known and documented. There is no safe blood lead level for people. Lead is especially harmful to young children and pregnant women because of the impact on growth and brain development. Lead in water is most harmful to formula-fed infants. The most important step adults can take is to prevent lead exposure before it occurs.
All state-regulated child care providers in Oregon must test for lead in their drinking water and send test results to the Office of Child Care. If the test results come in at or higher than “15 parts per billion (ppb),” the provider must make changes to prevent lead exposure. Providers must retest their water supplies at least every six (6) years, from the date of the last test.
The Office of Child Care works with child care providers to assure drinking water sources are tested for lead at least every six (6) years, per Oregon Administrative Rule.
Rules regarding lead testing are linked here:
Every six (6) years, child care providers must:
Lead Testing Instructions (CEN-0019)
AndRS Lead Guidance (UnL-0228)
Have questions about lead testing in child care?
Contact the Office of Child Care Lead Hotline by phone at
503-947-5908, or email:
Lead testing results (CEN-0017)
RS Lead Alternative Water Declaration (UnL-0227)
If the test results show a lead level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) or higher, the provider must:
Corrective Action Plan (CEN-0015): English
Reimbursement for lead testing fees are processed through Western Oregon University. The forms below contain all the information and paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.
Fillable forms are available on the
Western Oregon University TRI website.
A blood test is the only way to find out if a child has been exposed to lead. Signs of lead exposure or poisoning are not always easy to see. Many children who have lead poisoning look and act healthy. Because of this, lead poisoning may go unrecognized.
Children can get lead in their bodies by swallowing or breathing in dust that contains lead. Lead is a poison that affects every organ and system in the body. There is no function or need for lead. Very high levels of lead exposure can cause coma, seizures and death. Even a little lead can make children slower learners. Exposure to lead can cause:
Your health care provider will ask you some questions such as the ones from OHA’s Lead Poisoning Questionnaire to see if your child is at risk for lead poisoning. The only way to know for sure if your child has been exposed to lead is to have their blood tested. Blood tests are used to find out how much lead is in a child’s blood. The test is simple. In most cases just a finger prick then analysis is done.
Free blood lead level screening for children under 6 and pregnant women can be found at the
Multnomah County’s Test Your Child for Lead page.
Questions about lead? The
Multnomah County Health Department Lead Line is a state-wide resource for all Oregonians that provides lead prevention information and referrals.
Contact the Multnomah County Lead Line503email@example.com
The most prevalent lead hazards in child care facilities are lead-based paint, lead dust and contaminated soil. Renovation, repair and maintenance of older homes and buildings, if not performed correctly, can create hazardous lead dust and debris by disturbing lead-based paint.
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