For health professionals

 
Colorado’s lead screening guidelines 
Lead screening recommendation resources (NEW! Updated Jan. 2019):
    •  Lead screening recommendations and questionairre  
    •  Pocket Guide
    •  Customizable intake form
 
Colorado does not recommend universal testing for all young children. Instead Colorado recommends targeted testing for lead levels in blood based on responses to a risk-based questionairre. If the the questionairre indicates a high risk for lead poisoning, children should be tested at 12 months and 24 months of age, using either a capillary or venous blood specimen.  
 
 
Colorado has adopted CDC's guidance on case management for lead. At levels 20 µg/dL or higher, call the Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center for consultation services / medical treatment at 303-739-1123 or 800-332-3073. 
 
Blood Lead Levels (BLLs) have been a reportable condition in Colorado since 1997. Under the state’s reporting law, all laboratories performing blood lead tests are required to report the results of those tests directly to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
  • ​If age >18, report blood lead levels ≥5μg/dL within thirty (30) days of result.
  • If age ≤18, report all blood lead levels as follows:
    • blood lead levels <5μg/dL within thirty (30) days of result.
    • blood lead levels ≥5μg/dL within seven (7) days of result.
  • Must include the following information:
    • The disease or condition being reported;
    • Patient's name, date of birth, sex, address (including city, county, and phone number);
    • Physician's name, address and telephone number;
    • Specimen type, collection date, result date, numerical result in μg/dL.

For Laboratories

  • Make sure you are set up for Electronic Lap Reporting by contacting CDPHE's Electronic Laboratory Reporting Coordinator at 303-692-2025 or by email at: Andrew.Horvath@state.co.us

For providers using LeadCare II machines

If you are unable to use one of the methods described above, you may fax your lead test results to 303-782-0338.