Blood Lead

Blood Lead Analysis

Newborn Screening Laboratory
Kansas Health & Environmental Laboratories
6810 SE Dwight Street
Topeka, KS 66620
Phone Number: (785) 296-1620
Fax Number: (785) 559-5209


Blood Lead Mission



Lead is one of the top environmental diseases affecting children in the US. Lead is known to cause learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, behavioral problems, stunted growth, impaired hearing, and kidney damage. In 1978 the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned lead based paint from homes and lead was phased out of gasoline from 1973-1986. Even with these improvements there are over 400,000 children (under the age of six) with dangerous lead levels. (CDC. Surveillance for Elevated Blood Lead Levels Among Children - United States, 1997--2001. MMWR. September 12, 2003; 52(SS-10):1-21.) The most common exposure for children today is lead paint from older homes.

Blood Lead Screening Form Requests

Blood lead screening forms can be ordered by mailing or faxing a completed order form to the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories' Customer Service department. Click here for the order form.

Please click here for instructions on how to complete the Blood Lead Screening Form..

Fax Authorization Request Form

Please use the Change Authorization Request Form for all re-issued reports, demographic corrections, test additions, or other laboratory report modifications. The form must be signed, dated and faxed to the Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories (KHEL) before any final changes will be made on all preliminary or final laboratory reports.

Laboratory Report Delivery Form

Please use the Laboratory Report Delivery Form to change submitting health care facility preference for laboratory report delivery. The form must be signed, dated and faxed to the Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories (KHEL) before any changes will be made to the current laboratory report delivery method.

Facts about Childhood Lead Poisoning in Kansas*



U.S. Totals

No. of pre-1950 Housing



% of pre-1950 Housing



No. of renter occupied pre-1950 Housing



% of renter occupied pre-1950 Housing



No. of children <72 months



No. of children <72 months below poverty level



No. of children tested in 2006



No. of children with confirmed Blood Lead Levels > 10 mg/dL in 2006



                          * (2006 Data)


Visit the following websites to learn more about lead poisoning and ways to prevent lead exposure.

Kansas Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

CDC Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Environmental Protection Agency: Protecting Your Child from Lead Poisoning

Blood Lead Instrumentation

CDC recommends that a blood lead test be performed on all children at ages 1 and 2 years and on children age 36-72 months who have not been screened previously. Blood lead is the most common test in screening and diagnosing lead exposure. The Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories analyze over 14,000 blood lead specimens every year. Most specimens come from children under the age of six, but some blood lead tests are performed on expectant mothers and adults. The laboratory accepts three types of specimens for blood lead analysis: venipuncture, capillary finger stick collected in a microtainer, and dried blood spots from a finger stick collected on filter paper. Blood lead analysis is performed on an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS). To learn more about blood lead testing and collection refer to the following links. The laboratory accepts two types of specimens for blood lead analysis: venipuncture and capillary finger stick collected in a microtainer. The Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories will no longer accept dried blood spots collected on filter paper for Blood Lead testing as of May 1, 2019

Blood Lead Specimens

Elevated Blood Leads Reported