New Jersey State law (Public Health Law 1995, chapter 328), requires that children be screened for blood lead levels between the ages of 1 and 6. If a child is reported to have a blood lead level greater than or equal to 20 µg/dl, the Health Department will send a public health nurse to the family to assist with education and to ensure that the child receives medical attention. In addition, certified inspectors will perform a health and environmental risk assessment to identify the cause of poisoning. Once identified, the Health Department has the authority to require abatement of the lead hazard to protect the child from further exposure.
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