Federal Agencies

There are a number of federal agencies assisting with lead exposure and lead poisoning issues. These agencies include:

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry


Studies blood lead in populations near Superfund sites and funds state health agencies to undertake this type of work.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Promotes state and local screening efforts and develops improved treatments for lead exposure. CDC also provides a database, 1990 Census Data on Housing and Population—Interactive Query, that allows you to search by county or zip code to find the percentage of houses built before 1950.

Consumer Product Safety Commission


Enforces ban of lead paint; investigates and prevents the use of lead paint in consumer products; initiates recalls of lead-containing products that present a hazard; conducts dockside surveillance and intercepts imported products that present a risk of lead poisoning; recommends elimination of lead from consumer products through Guidance Policy on lead.

Department of Defense


Administers lead-based paint/lead hazard management programs in 250,000 family housing and child-occupied facilities worldwide, administers childhood lead poisoning prevention programs on installations worldwide, administers research and development programs to develop new cost-effective technologies for lead paint management and abatement, partners with other federal agencies to develop policies and guidance for lead hazardous management on a national level.

Department of Housing and Urban Development


Lead Hazard Control Grant Program, enforcement of Disclosure Rule (with EPA and DOJ) and federally assisted housing lead paint regulations, National Survey of Lead Paint in Housing, Lead Hotline (with EPA), Internet listing of lead paint professionals, public education and training of housing professionals and providers and others, technical assistance, research.

Department of Justice


Enforces Federal Lead Paint Disclosure Rule (with HUD and EPA); defends federal lead paint regulations; enforces pollution statutes, including hazardous waste laws.

Department of the Treasury


Environmental Protection Agency




Licenses lead paint professionals (or delegates this responsibility to states); environmental laboratory accreditation; enforcement of Disclosure Rule (with HUD and DOJ) and Pre-Renovation Notification Rule; hazardous waste regulation; public education to parents, environmental professionals, and others; training curriculum design; Lead Hotline (with HUD); research; addresses lead contamination at industrial waste sites, including drinking water and industrial air emissions.

Food and Drug Administration


Enforces standards for lead in ceramic dinnerware; monitors lead in food.

Health Care Financing Administration


Covers and reimburses for lead screening and diagnosis, lead poisoning treatment, and follow-up services for Medicaid-eligible children.

Health Resources and Services Administration


Directs national health programs to assure quality health care to under-served, vulnerable, and special need populations including children with lead poisoning.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development


Conducts and supports laboratory, clinical, and epidemiological research on the reproductive, neurobiologic, developmental, and behavioral processes, including lead poisoning related research.

National Institutes of Health


Conducts basic research on lead toxicity.

National Institutes of Health / Kid Page / Lead


Web page dedicated to childhood lead poisoning.

National Lead Information Center


A federally funded hotline and clearinghouse that provides information on lead hazard reduction and exposure prevention. To speak with one of the Center’s clearinghouse specialists, call 1-800-424-LEAD

Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Enforces worker protection regulations.

Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT)


Responsible for EPA programs related to lead poisoning prevention and lead regulation. OPPT also provides educational packets for parents, teachers, daycare providers, and librarians, as well as technical information and publications.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development / Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control


Sets standards for evaluation and management of lead in federally assisted housing, and promotes efforts to reduce lead hazards in privately owned housing. In addition, provides grants to communities to reduce lead hazards in housing.