Lead Poisoning Prevention

Childhood lead poisoning remains one of the most serious threats to the health and well being of developing children. Because lead poisoning often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized. The only sure way to diagnose lead poisoning is with a simple blood test.

Despite improved industrial containment methods and medical interventions, lead poisoning remains an important occupational and environmental health concern.

Information for Parents and Families

Children's rapidly developing bodies absorb lead more readily than adult bodies. This, combined with children's natural exploration of their surroundings makes them especially vulnerable to lead poisoning. The most common lead exposure for children is from lead-based paint, which was commonly used in homes prior to 1978. Children may also be exposed to lead through consumer products, toys, and parents' hobbies.

Learn how to protect your family from the harmful effects of lead exposure.

General Lead Information


Product Recalls

Information for Contractors and Construction Workers

Environmental Protection Agency Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule

On March 31, 2008, EPA issued the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, requiring that contractors and construction professionals follow lead-safe work practice standards while working in pre-1978 housing or child-occupied facilities. Full implementation of the rules, requiring contractors to be certified by the responsible authority, will be in April 2010

  • EPA Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program Rule (Summary)
  • Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program Rule (Complete text)
  • Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right (EPA’s Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program) A handbook for contractors, property managers and maintenance personnel

Disclosure Rule

EPA Disclosure Rule TITLE 40, PART 745

Contractor Training and Certification

The following firms/organizations are approved by EPA to provide training:

Michael Vogel
MSU Extension
Bozeman, MT 59717
Tel: (406) 994-3451

Austin Peterson
I.C. Environmental
Christine, ND 58015
Tel: (701) 740-0104

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Public Health Lead Surveillance and Investigation

Please contact your local health department, or

Montana Environmental Health Education and Assessment Program
1400 Broadway
P.O. Box 202951
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Helena, MT 59620
Tel: (406) 417-9848

Training and Certification and Consumer Inquiries

Michael Vogel
Montana State University Extension
P.O. Box 173580
Bozeman, MT 59717
Tel: (406) 994-3451
Fax: (406) 994-5417
Location: 102 Taylor Hall

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