Lead Level Reporting

The Michigan statewide screening and testing plan to for childhood lead poisoning prevention provides the following requirements and recommendations:

 
  • All children in the Medicaid program are required by Medical Services Administration to be tested at 12 and 24 months of age; between 36 and 72 months if not tested previously. There are no exceptions or waivers. MIChild-enrolled children should be tested if any risk factors exist (or at health care provider’s discretion).
 
  • All children within designated “high risk” ZIP code areas should have a blood lead test at 12 months and 24 months of age, or between 36 and 72 months if not tested previously.
 
  • Parents/guardians of children under age six (not in the previous 2 categories) should be asked questions concerning the child’s potential sources of exposure.
 
  • Health care providers always have the option of testing a client for lead if he/she determines the client to be at risk, or if the client or parent/guardian requests a blood lead test.


The Drug Analysis and Toxicology Laboratory performs blood lead testing by Atomic Absorption (Graphite Furnace). Specimens received in tube types not appropriate for testing at MLabs, lead analysis as part of a heavy metal panel, and urine lead testing is referred to Mayo Medical Laboratories. All clients submitting specimens to MLabs for testing should complete the first three sections of the Michigan Lead Reporting Form and submit it with the specimen.

The MLabs Drug Analysis and Toxicology Laboratory is in compliance with mandatory reporting of blood levels to the Michigan Department of Community Health as required by Administrative Rule #R 325.9082 and R 325.9083 and also complies with reporting of lead levels to the Ohio Department of Health.

If the patient is a Michigan resident, whole blood lead levels are reported to the Michigan Department of Community Health. If the patient is an Ohio resident, whole blood and urine levels are reported to the Ohio Department of Health.

Click here for Michigan Department of Community Health web site.