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Lead Poisoning Prevention

Childhood lead poisoning is a serious but preventable health condition and despite dramatic decreases in the number of Have Your Child Tested for Leadchildren who are lead-poisoned – some 1,000 children in Chicago are diagnosed with lead-poisoning every year.

Because lead exposure often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized.  Parents are encouraged to have their child screen regularly.  

No safe blood lead level in children has been identified. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention and academic achievement. And effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected.

For more free resources call the CDPH Lead Hotline at 312.747.LEAD (5323) or search #LeadFreeChi on Facebook Get Your Home Inspected for Leadand Twitter.

CDPH monitors over 100,000 children for lead poisoning in Chicago every year and provides poison prevention education to families. CDPH also inspects and works to abate the lead hazards in their homes.

The Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP)

The Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule requires workers-for-hire to be lead-safe certified for certain types of renovation projects.  RRP was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2008 to help ensure that lead-safe work practices are implemented.

In 2011, the City of Chicago passed an ordinance requiring RRP certification for the following construction projects:  Window replacement, Work that disturbs 6 square feet or more of interior paint and Work that disturbs 20 square feet or more of exterior paint.

In Chicago, contractors must submit a “LRRP” form to CDPH for certification.  These requirements are specified in Section 11-4-2170(h) and 11-4-2190(a)(1)(xi) of the Chicago Municipal Code.

Help us get the word out on RRP and lead safety.  Below are a few resources to get you started!

Guide to LRRP

Testing Resources Have Your Child Tested for Lead Poisoning

For assistance in finding a provider, to get your child tested, or if you are concerned your home has lead, call the CDPH Lead Hotline at 312.747.LEAD (5323).

Other Resources:

Prevention Tips (Prevent lead exposure to children before they are harmed)

2016 Lead Safe Work Practices Training Schedule

Lead Abatement Financial Assistance

Data, Statistics and Surveillance


Policy Brief

The Chicago Department of Public Health has expanded its Lead Poisoning Prevention Program to incorporate other aspects that affect the safety of a home and its residents. The Healthy Homes Objective has been started to give homeowners and parents information on other common household problems and how to prevent and/or eliminate them.

Pest management, radon, carbon monoxide poisoning, are several components that are addressed through the Healthy Homes program. These issues, along with lead poisoning, are focused on so that the overall quality of living in the home and the health of children is improved greatly.