Blood Lead Surveillance Group

The Blood Lead Surveillance Group is made up of two programs:

  1. The Texas Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
  2. The Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance Program

The Texas Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (TXCLPPP) maintains a surveillance system of blood lead results on children younger than 15 years of age. Texas law requires reporting of blood lead tests, elevated and non-elevated, for children younger than 15 years of age. Physicians, laboratories, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities must report all blood lead tests to the Texas Child Lead Registry.

The Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance Program (ABLES) maintains a surveillance system of blood lead test results on individuals 15 years of age and older. Laboratories and physicians are required by the Texas Reportable Occupational Conditions Act to report all blood lead levels. Follow-up is conducted on blood lead levels that are 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter (10mcg/dL) of blood or higher.


UPDATES


Potential for Falsely Low Blood Lead Test Results from LeadCare® Analyzers- May 17, 2017 (PDF)

Summary - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety communication warning about the use of Magellan Diagnostics’ LeadCare® analyzers (LeadCare, LeadCare II, LeadCare Ultra and LeadCare Plus) with venous blood samples because they might result in falsely low test results. FDA is now advising that Magellan Diagnostics’ LeadCare® analyzers should no longer be used with venous blood samples. The safety alert does not apply to capillary blood lead test results collected by fingerstick or heelstick. The purpose of this Health Advisory is to notify state and local health departments, healthcare providers, and laboratories about CDC’s re-testing guidance in light of the safety alert.

Reporting Blood Lead Results Electronically

Healthcare Providers now have the option to submit blood lead reports electronically using a secure FTP server.  If you are interested in reporting electronically, please complete the Electronic Reporting Sign-up Form.


New Electronic Blood Lead Reporting Form

To request a copy of the Electronic Blood Lead Reporting Form (excel spreadsheet), please click on the link below and follow the instructions. 

     Instructions: Electronic Blood Lead Reporting Form (pdf)


We want your feedback

If you have questions or comments regarding blood lead testing or reporting, please click on the link below. 
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Mailing Address
PO Box 149347, MC 1964
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Phone: 512-776-7151
Fax: 512-776-7699

Last updated May 18, 2017