37.114.546 LEAD POISONING: ELEVATED BLOOD LEAD LEVELS IN CHILDREN
(1) An elevated blood lead level is defined as being greater than or equal to 5 micrograms per deciliter (ug/dl) in children 13 years of age or younger. If the blood lead level was determined by capillary blood method, then the test result must be confirmed by venous method as soon as possible. The elevated blood lead level of concern is based on 2012 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A copy of this document is available from the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Public Health and Safety Division, Communicable Disease Epidemiology Section, 1400 Broadway, P.O. Box 202951, Helena, Montana 59620-2951, telephone (406) 444-0273.
(2) In the case of an elevated venous level, the health care provider must retest the blood at intervals recommended by (CDC), until two consecutive tests taken at least two months apart show a level of less than 5 ug/dl.
(3) The department adopts and incorporates by reference the recommendations for blood lead testing intervals for children with elevated venous levels published in the May 2012 MMWR announcement cited above, the CDC's manual "Screening Young Children for Lead Poisoning: Guidance for State and Local Public Health Officials", and the March 2002 CDC manual ″Managing Elevated Blood Lead Levels Among Young Children: Recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention,″ which contains guidance for identifying children with dangerous blood lead levels and intervening to protect them. A copy of this document is available from the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Public Health and Safety Division, Communicable Disease Epidemiology Section, 1400 Broadway, P.O. Box 202951, Helena, Montana 59620-2951, telephone (406) 444-0273.
History: 50-1-202, MCA; IMP, 50-1-202, MCA; NEW, 2000 MAR p. 2528, Eff. 9/22/00; TRANS, from DHES, 2002 MAR p. 913; AMD, 2013 MAR p. 967, Eff. 6/7/13.