Lead Poisoning Prevention

The Monmouth County Childhood Lead Poisoning Program (CLPP) focuses on Primary Prevention.

Protecting Children

Our goal is to protect children from exposure to lead before they are harmed. No safe blood lead level in children has been identified. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic performance. Lead hazards in a child’s environment must be identified and controlled, or removed using Lead Safe Work Practices.

Contractor Certification

All contractors working in child occupied dwellings, who will be disturbing lead based paint (LBP), are required to be certified by the EPA. Before hiring a contractor, ask to see his/her certification.

Staff Member Contacts

Staff members are available to speak to community groups, educators or parent groups about lead hazard control, and keeping children lead safe. To schedule, contact Terry Ruane at 732-431-7456  ext. 3727 or email Terry Ruane.

Children with High Lead Levels

The Health Department also provides Nursing and Environmental Case Management for children who are identified as having elevated blood lead levels. Our nurses provide medical and developmental follow up, and nutritional recommendations. Our lead inspectors/risk assessors will identify lead hazards and oversee the abatement process to ensure that further exposure does not occur.