Polk County Health Department

How often should children be tested for Lead Poisoning?

How often should children be tested for Lead Poisoning?
  • The Iowa Department of Public Health recommends all children under 6 year of age be tested for lead poisoning. State and federal laws require all children covered by Medicaid be tested for lead poisoning.
    • Low Risk
      • Test at ages 12 & 24 months
      • If older than 24 months and there was no previous test, test once
      • Continue to assess risk
      • No additional testing needed if risk does not change
    • High Risk
      • Test at 12 months
      • Test at 18 months
      • Test at 24 months
      • Test at 3 years, 4 years, and 5 years
Federal Laws regarding landlords, home sellers, and renovators:
  • Landlords must tell tenants about known lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before leases are signed. In the case of verbal leases, landlords must do this before tenants agree to a verbal lease.

  • Leases must include a disclosure form about lead-based paint unless a certified inspector has checked the property and said in writing that it is lead-based paint free.

  • Sellers must tell buyers in writing about lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before entering into a sales contract.

  • Sales contracts must include a disclosure form about lead-based paint in the building.

  • Sellers must offer buyers 10 days to check for lead hazards.

Contact Us

Phone: (515)-286-3798
Fax: (515)-286-2033
Toll free: 866-209-1300
Email:
healthdept@polkcountyiowa.gov


Address: 1907, Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314