1. If your child’s blood lead level is equal to or above 20, your local health department is required to inspect your home. They will test paint, soil, dust, and water for lead. They may also test things like cultural medicines from outside the US. They will also ask you questions about your home, job, and your child’s habits. It is important to answer their questions fully and provide as much information as possible to find where the lead is coming from.
2. If your child has had two blood tests with results between 15 and 19 taken more than 3 months apart, the local health department is also required to inspect your home.
For example, if on Sep. 1, your child’s blood lead level is 21, the local health department must inspect your home. If on Sep. 1, your child’s blood level is 16, and on Dec. 15, your child’s blood level is 17, the local health department must also inspect your home.
3. If you live in a multi-family building and a child in another home has a high blood lead level, the local health department is also required to check your home if you have a child under 6.
The local health department will receive your child’s blood lead level from your doctor. They must contact you within 5 business days to schedule the inspection. The local health department should finish the inspection within 30 business days of notification of test results.