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Lead Poisoning for Adults


Lead can damage nearly every system in the human body, and has harmful effects on both adults and children.  The high presence of lead in our society makes it necessary to keep track of exposures. This helps to keep the public safe and healthy. 

The Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES) program is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the results of all blood lead tests conducted on all persons 16 years or older who reside or work in the state of Ohio.  Laboratories and physicians are required to report these results to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), which include blood lead levels; patient information (sex, age, job title, etc.); patient address and phone number; health care provider; and employer.

 Program Supervisor:  Chris Alexander
Phone:  614-728-0880

Environmental Supervisor:  Pam Blais

Surveillance Contact:  Sarah Barker
Phone:  614-728-6816

Case Management/Education:  Kelly Harris
Phone:  614-728-4115

Principle Investigator: John Belt

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection
Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES) Program
246 N High St
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: (614) 466-2627 or 1-877-LEADSAFE (532-3723)

Fax: (614) 728-6793

Last Reviewed: 6/8/2017