Household Lead

In Michigan, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) works in collaboration with local health departments and other agencies on issues concerning lead awareness, prevention, and abatement.

Within MDCH, the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) which operates under a federal grant, helps support local efforts for lead education, prevention, and the screening of children for lead poisoning. 

The Healthy Homes Section of MDCH provides education and resources for addressing and eliminating lead hazards in Michigan homes.  It four primary functions include:

  • Administration of HUD Lead Hazard Control funds to abate lead-based paint hazards in 8 high- risk counties; Clean Michigan Initiative bond funds are also currently being used by the program to make homes throughout the state lead-safe for young children.
  • Public and professional education presentations and materials.
  • Certification of lead inspectors, risk assessors, abatement workers, supervisors, clearance technicians, abatement contractors and the accreditation of training providers.
  • Enforcement of certification, accreditation and work practice standards established by the Lead Abatement Act of 1998 and associated Administrative Rules.

The MDCH Laboratory supports the lead program by performing laboratory analysis of lead in blood, paint chips, soil and dust.

As an outlet to the Healthy Homes Section, the Environmental Health Division of the Barry-Eaton District Health Department provides educational resources and support to individuals looking to have their home tested for lead or who are wanting to safely remodel a home that is suspected or confirmed to have lead paint.

For additional information on lead and lead resources, please visit the Michigan Department of Community Health/Health Homes website.