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Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology
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The Pennsylvania Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES) program originally operated as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-funded (NIOSH) effort. The program was defunded at the national level in 2013, but DOH continues to track adult blood lead in Pennsylvania independently.

Adult lead poisoning is most commonly associated with occupational exposure. The age of the housing stock and aging water infrastructure are also relevant but more so for children. According to the 2015 American Community Survey 5-year estimates (2015 ACS), sixty-nine percent of Pennsylvania homes were built before 1978, the year that the federal government banned the use of lead-based paint. DOH operates a second program for childhood lead poisoning.
The current Pennsylvania ABLES program collects all blood lead test results for Pennsylvania adults 16 years of age or older with a blood lead level of 25 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL). This information is used to report the number of adults in Pennsylvania with elevated blood lead levels and their source of lead exposure.

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Adult Blood Lead Education Materials

CDC NIOSH ABLES website
DEP Information on Lead in Drinking Water
EPA Lead website