New Requirements for Lead Testing​ in Maryland

Effective ​March 28, 2016, all children born on or after 1/1/15 must be tested for lead at ages 12 and 24 months.  Children born before 1/1/15 should continue to be managed according to the 2004 Lead Targeting Plan (which defines specific areas of the State as "at risk")Read More​​​


For Health Care Providers

Click here for 2016 Guidelines for Assessment and Management of Childhood Lead Exposure
Click here for the Point of Care FAQs
Click here for the Final Report on Blood Lead Point of Care Testing

Additional medical resources you can contact:

Lead Testing for Students

What is needed to enroll a child in child care, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or first grade:  Maryland Blood Lead Testing Certificate (Form 4620)

For Parents and Caregivers

The most common sources of lead exposure are paint/lead dust from worn-out lead paint, soil, lead brought home from work (occupational lead), toys and jewelry, imported candies and food, and even water (due to leaded water pipes) and dishware. Although these are all possible sources, it is important to look at your child’s surroundings to see if these hazards could cause lead poisoning

For Child Care Providers

More children in your care will need to have blood lead test certification in 2016.       
DHMH is working with the Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care to update any forms and prepare educational materials. Effective March 28, 2016, please use the revised DHMH form 4620.

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For more information, call the Environmental Health Helpline: 1-866-703-3266 or email mdh.envhealth@maryland.gov