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Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program   

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The department shall continue to direct the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program to implement a program to identify and conduct medical followup of high-risk children, and to establish procedures for environmental abatement and followup designed to reduce the incidence of excessive childhood lead exposures in California. In implementing this program, the department shall utilize its own studies, as well as relevant information from the scientific literature and childhood lead poisoning programs from outside California. The particular activities specified in this section shall be initiated by January 1, 1990, and completed on or before January 1, 1993. The program shall include at least all of the following components:

(a) Lead screening. The department shall:

(1) Design and implement at least one pilot blood lead screening project targeting children at high risk of elevated blood lead levels. In designing any pilot projects, the department shall give special consideration to conducting screening through the Child Health Disability and Prevention Program.

(2) Conduct a pilot screening project to evaluate blood lead levels among children of workers exposed to lead in their occupations.

(3) Develop and issue health advisories urging health care providers to conduct routine annual screening of high-risk children between the ages of one and five years of age.

(4) Develop a program to assist local health departments in identifying and following up cases of elevated blood lead levels.

(5) Develop and conduct programs to educate health care providers regarding the magnitude and severity of, and the necessary responses to, the childhood lead poisoning problem in California.

(b) The department, in consultation with the Department of Housing and Community Development, shall adopt regulations governing the abatement of lead paint in and on housing, including, but not limited to, standards for enforcement, testing, abatement, and disposal.

(c) The department shall conduct a study to evaluate whether abatement of lead in soil is effective at reducing blood lead levels in children.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 193, Sec. 128.)