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Data and Statistics on Lead Poisoning - Adults

Unlike children who are primarily poisoned by home hazards, certain occupations may pose the greatest threat for adult lead exposure. In addition, homes may still contribute to elevated lead levels. Ohio has approximately 3.7 million housing units containing some lead-based paint on interior and/or exterior surfaces. More than 42 percent of all housing units in Ohio were built before 1950 and are likely to contain lead hazards, according to U.S. Census data.

The most accurate way to measure lead in the body is by taking a blood sample. In 2010, nearly 15,000 adults were tested for lead in Ohio and about twenty percent of those tests showed elevated levels of lead in the blood.

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For national data on adult blood lead levels, please refer to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection
Ohio Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
246 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: (614) 466-5332 or 1-877-LEADSAFE (532-3723)

Fax: (614) 728-6793


Last Reviewed: 12/23/15