Lead Poisoning Prevention - Blood Lead Surveillance System - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Lead Poisoning Prevention
Blood Lead Information System

The lead program's data collection activities protect the health of the public and promote awareness of lead issues by:

  • Monitoring lead testing activities and tracking the occurrence of elevated blood lead cases in the state
  • Maintaining a high-quality database of information that can be used to effectively manage the risks associated with lead exposure
  • Providing the basis for strategies designed to reduce the occurrence of lead-related disease, conducted collaboratively with local, state and federal partners.

Test Result Reporting

Minnesota Statutes, section 144.9502, subd. 3, requires laboratories to submit all blood lead test results to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Blood Lead Information System (BLIS). This includes tests conducted on point-of-care machines.

For more information on required timelines and data elements for reporting blood lead data, see the Reporting Requirements for Facilities Performing Blood Lead Analyses (PDF).

Laboratories are encouraged to report data electronically. For more information, visit the Blood Lead Electronic Data Submission page. If data must be submitted on paper, the Blood Lead Report Form (PDF) can be used.

For more information on blood lead test result reporting, please contact the Database Coordinator.

Blood Lead Data

Maps, charts, and data for childhood lead exposure gathered through BLIS can be accessed from Minnesota Public Health Data Access. Childhood Lead Exposure Data

Reports published by the MDH Lead and Healthy Homes Program can be found on the Surveillance Data page.

To request data summaries that are not available at the above websites, contact Lead and Healthy Homes Program Staff. Minnesota Statutes, section 144.9502, subd. 9 classifies data in BLIS as private. Data requests are evaluated individually to ensure data provided are summarized to protect the identity of individuals.

Blood Lead Testing

To learn more about who should be tested for exposure to lead, visit the Screening Guidelines.


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Updated Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 09:15AM