Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance Program (ABLES)

The Texas Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES) Program 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.

Any adult who works with lead should be tested for lead. Some jobs have a high risk of exposure. Sometimes, lead can come from our favorite activities. Adults who visit shooting ranges, DIY-ers, and hobbyists are also at risk.

Adults who work in the following industries should be tested:

Occupations and Hobbies that May Have Lead


  • Batteries
  • Glass
  • Lead refining, smelting, mining
  • Bullets
  • Ceramics
  • Electrical components
  • Plastics
  • Rubber
  • Paints/pigment

Construction & Renovation

  • Bridge reconstruction
  • Construction workers
  • Painters
  • Plumber
  • Pipe fitters
  • Steel welders
  • Ship builders


Public Services & Public Works

  • Police officers
  • Recyclers
  • Solid waste incinerator operators


  • Autos
  • Radiators


  • Solder in stained-glass
  • Antique plates, mugs, utensils, toys
  • Lead glazes for ceramics
Firing Range Instructors & Enthusiasts 


Helpful Links

• DSHS Laboratory Website

• Texas Information & Referral Network

• HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control

• EPA Lead Program

• US Consumer Product Safety Commission

• US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Lead Standards

• Texas Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

• Blood Lead Surveillance Branch