Lead is a natural mineral that has been used in many products and is harmful to the human body. Lead poisoning, which occurs when lead builds up in the body, is the most common environmental illness in California children and is preventable.
To better understand the burden of lead poisoning in California, the California Environmental Health Tracking Program (CEHTP) is providing data and information to help track lead poisoning in California.
For further information and resources regarding lead poisoning, please visit the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch, a program within the California Department of Public Health.
Additional information about lead poisoning is provided in the links below. Select a topic or use the left side bar to navigate.
- What is Lead Poisoning: Lead is a natural mineral that has been used in many products, including paint, imported food cans, and imported cosmetics. Lead poisoning occurs when lead levels buildup in the body...more
- Who is at Risk: People of all ages are susceptible to lead poisoning, but children under six years old and fetuses are at greatest risk for lead poisoning...more
- Prevention and Treatment: Lead poisoning is preventable. There are several things that you can do to protect your children from lead poisoning...more
- How is it Measured: To understand the burden of lead poisoning in California, it is important to identify who has elevated blood lead levels...more
- Where to Find Data: The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch (CLPPB) maintains a statewide surveillance system for childhood blood lead data, the Response and Surveillance System for Childhood Lead Exposures (RASSCLE II)...more
- Lead Poisoning Resources
- Metadata/Data FAQs