Blood Lead Surveillance Group

With links to Childhood Lead Surveillance or Adult Blood Lead Surveillance and Epidemiology

Toll Free: 1-800-588-1248  

Texas Health Steps (THSteps)

Toll Free: 1-877-847-8377

Earn FREE Continuing Education Credits: Free Online Provider Education

Environmental Lead Program

Toll Free: 1- 888-778-9440 (plus extension):
Abatement Notifications: ext. 2172
   or (512) 834-6770, ext. 2172
Enforcement Unit: ext. 2789
   or (512) 834-6600, ext. 2789
Inspections Unit: ext. 2451 or 2455
   or (512) 834-6770, ext. 2451 or 2455
Licensing Information: ext. 2458
   or (512) 834-6770, ext. 2458
Trainer Accreditation Information: ext. 2483

   or (512) 834-6600, ext. 2483

DSHS Laboratory Website

Toll Free: 1-888-963-7111, ext. 7318

Texas Information and Referral Network


Texas DSHS Programs & Resources

Environmental Health Sciences -- November 9, 2009 -- Special Report:
Some vinegars, often expensive, aged balsamics, contain a big dose of lead

Texas Department of State Health Services -- October 1, 2009 -- News Release
Consumers Warned Not to Eat Certain Imported Dried Plums

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Fort Wayne- Allen County Department of Health, Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), and St. Joseph Community Health Foundation -- Indiana 2009
Folk remedies identified as potential sources of lead and arsenic

CDC -- MMWR. January 30, 2009; 58(03):55-58
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Related to Home Renovation, Repair, and Painting Activities --- New York State, 2006--2007
CDC -- MMWR. March 31, 2006; 55(12):340-341
Death of a Child After Ingestion of a Metallic Charm---Minnesota, 2006
CDC -- MMWR. January 21, 2005; 54(2):42-46
Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Refugee Children---New Hampshire, 2003--2004.
Erratum: Vol. 54, No. 2

Reports Regarding Childhood Lead

Alliance for Healthy Homes
The Alliance for Healthy Homes is a national, nonprofit, public interest organization working to prevent and eliminate hazards in our homes that can harm the health of children, families, and other residents. These hazards include lead, mold, carbon monoxide, radon, pests, and pesticides.
Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is dedicated to breaking the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy children. GHHI replaces stand-alone housing intervention programs with an integrated, whole-house approach that produces sustainable green, healthy and safe homes. - See more at:
Environmental Defense Fund
Information on health effects of lead and consumer information on lead in ceramic dishes.
National Center for Healthy Housing (formerly National Center for Lead-Safe Housing)
Mission is to reduce childhood lead poisoning while preserving the nation's stock of affordable housing.
United Parents Against Lead (UPAL)
National organization of and for parents of Lead Poisoned Children working to end the continuing threat of lead poisoning through education, advocacy, resource referral and legislative action.

National Organizations and Resources

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

Search CPSC's entire web site — search on "Lead" to find consumer information alerts on lead in paint, children's products, crayons, mini blinds, etc.

Federal Programs and Resources

Fax: 512-776-7699

Last updated June 12, 2020