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California Occupational Blood Lead Registry - Frequently Asked Questions 

  1. Where can I get more information about what the Registry is finding out?
  2. The information I’m looking for isn’t in the technical report or other sources mentioned above.  How can I get more detailed information?
  3. Our laboratory analyzes blood lead levels and needs more information on reporting test results to CDHS.  Where can I find more information on reporting requirements?
  4. Do other states compile and analyze blood lead level reports for adults?

 

1Where can I get more information about what the Registry is finding out?

OLPPP makes detailed blood lead level data available through a variety of sources.  The latest technical report, Blood Lead Levels in California Workers, 1995-1999 – Report of the California Occupational Blood Lead Registry describes the operation of the Registry, summarizes the Registry findings for the 5 year period 1995-1999, and discusses the limitations of the system.  A lay language summary of this report, Lead in the Workplace 2002 (PDF)Opens in new browser window, is also available.  This summary provides key findings, explains how OLPPP uses the blood lead level results, and highlights two cases were blood lead level reporting led to identifying and correcting lead hazards.

Annual tables on the number of blood lead level tests, the number of individuals tested, and the distribution of test results by blood lead level are available for the years 2000 through 2003.  Also, periodically, OLPPP creates a list of the top ten industries with reported cases of lead poisoning.  (See links in Related OLPPP Publications.)

2The information I’m looking for isn’t in the technical report or other sources mentioned above.  How can I get more detailed information?

To get more information, please contact the OLPPP Registry Coordinator.  You can reach her by email at olppp@cdph.ca.gov.

3Our laboratory analyzes blood lead levels and needs more information on reporting test results to CDHS.  Where can I find more information on reporting requirements?

If you are an analytical laboratory and need more information on reporting blood lead levels to CDHS, please contact the Registry Coordinator.  You can reach her by email at olppp@cdph.ca.gov.

For questions about electronic reporting of blood lead levels, please call the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch at (510) 620-5600 and ask to speak to someone about electronic blood lead reporting.

4Do other states compile and analyze blood lead level reports for adults?

Yes, other states also operate adult blood lead level registries.  Visit the Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES) Program of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for more information and a list of other states' blood lead registries.

 

California Occupational Blood Lead Registry main page

Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (OLPPP) home page

 
 
Last modified on: 6/29/2010 11:02 AM