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If your child’s venous blood test result is = (greater than or equal to) 9.5 micrograms per deciliter (ug/dL), the Douglas County Health Department will contact you in an attempt to schedule an environmental lead risk assessment of the child’s home and provide education about lead poisoning prevention.
The purpose of this inspection is to attempt to identify lead hazards that may be contributing to the child’s elevated blood lead level. During the risk assessment in the child’s home, Douglas County Health Department staff will:

  • Interview the child’s parents/guardian and other family members
  • Educate the child’s parents/guardian about lead poisoning prevention
  • Conduct a physical inspection inside and outside of the home to identify potential lead hazards, this may include:
    • Testing of painted surfaces using special equipment (no damage to the property will occur)
    • Sampling of other surfaces using special “wipes”
    • Testing of other potential lead sources (such as food/spices, makeup, ceramic dishes, pots and pans, jewelry and other items).

Following the assessment of the home, the samples obtained will be sent to a laboratory for analysis. It may take two to three weeks for the health department to receive the results.

Once the Health Department receives the results from the laboratory, staff will prepare a report outlining the inspection performed, the results of each of the samples taken and recommendations to assist the parent/guardian in reducing risks of exposure to lead sources found in the home. Depending upon the time in which we receive all laboratory results, Douglas County Health Department staff will attempt to provide the report within 30 days from the date of the inspection.

For more information, please call (402) 444-7825.

[NOTE: If the property is not owned by the child’s parent/guardian, a copy of the report will also be sent to the property owner.]

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