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April 2, 1997

Children With Elevated Blood Lead Levels Attributed to Home Renovation and Remodeling Activities—New York, 1993-1994

JAMA. 1997;277(13):1030-1031. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540370020013

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RENOVATION and remodeling activities that disturb lead-based paint can create substantial amounts of lead dust in the home; such dust can then be inhaled or ingested by children.1 In January 1995, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) assessed lead exposure among children resulting from home renovation and remodeling during 1993-1994. This report summarizes findings of the study, which identified 320 children in New York state (excluding New York City) with blood lead levels (BLLs) ≥20 μg/dL that were considered to be attributable to residential renovation and remodeling.

In December 1993, New York enacted a state law requiring that all children undergo blood lead screening at ages 1 and 2 years; however, some children are not screened. For children with confirmed elevated BLLs or evidence of high-dose lead exposures, BLL testing is required through age 6 years. For some children aged >6 years, BLLs are tested