H48 Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP)
Bureau of Environmental Health Quality
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
Toll Free: 1-800-532-9571 (within Mass. only)
This office, whose goal is to eliminate lead poisoning among children under six years of age, formulates lead paint regulations and oversees their enforcement. The program screens children and ensures that children identified as having elevated lead levels receive prompt and effective medical intervention and decontamination of their residential environments. It seeks to educate the public on the pervasiveness and sources of poisoning, the need for safety hazard removal, and the importance and availability of screening and effective medical management. It also conducts epidemiological analyses of the population at risk in order to allocate resources. Testing for lead paint in housing is done by private inspection companies licensed by this office; however, some testing may be done in special circumstances by local boards of health and by this office. Certain low-risk removal of lead paint may be performed by homeowners. Call for more information.