Lead Information

Lead Poisoning is the perfect predator. It is silent, it is all around us, it doesn’t discriminate. And all too often, we end up paying the ultimate price: Our children.

A little-known fact about lead poisoning is that it continues to be one of our nation’s most critical public health issues, yet it is preventable. Some of the best tools we can use to keep our children safe from lead exposure are the most accessible and inexpensive: education, testing, paint, and soap and water.

The Perfect Predator is a documentary that touches on one aspect of this complicated issue that often gets overlooked – the harsh reality and far-reaching effects of this disease on all of us. When children have lead poisoning, entire families, and in turn entire communities, suffer the effects of lead poisoning.

The Perfect Predator was produced under the leadership of Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. through the Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention Program grant in partnership with The Oneida County Health Department, The New York State Department of Health, Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County, Tompkins County Public Health, Steuben County Public Health, and Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Lead Prevention Program

When children have a high level of lead in their blood (5 ug/dl or greater), we look inside and outside the home for possible sources of lead. We can test the paint, dust, water and soil around the home. Window sills, molding, and doors are a common source of lead. There is no charge for the testing.

In addition to assessing home conditions for lead paint hazards, LPPP staff also assess for additional possible sources of lead hazards such as food, spices, dishes, toys and incense. LPPP staff offer education related to lead poisoning prevention and nutrition to families receiving services. In addition, developmental assessments of lead poisoned children are offered to families.

We talk with family members about:

  • where the lead hazards are in the home
  • how to stop children from being exposed
  • how to clean the areas where lead is found
  • how to get a child tested for lead
  • how to get help from other programs

We also offer community presentations.



Oneida County Partners