TITLE 77: PUBLIC HEALTH
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SUBCHAPTER p: HAZARDOUS AND POISONOUS SUBSTANCES
PART 845 LEAD POISONING PREVENTION CODE
SECTION 845.55 LEAD SCREENING


 

Section 845.55  Lead Screening

 

a)         Every physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or health care provider shall screen children 6 months through 6 years of age for lead poisoning who are determined to reside in an area defined as high risk by the Department.  (Section 6.2 of the Act)  Medicaid enrolled children must be tested as required in the Healthy Kids Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program (89 Ill. Adm. Code 140). Children residing in areas defined as low risk by the Department shall be assessed for their risk for lead exposure by providing the information contained in the Childhood Lead Risk Assessment Questionnaire provided by the Department.

 

1)         Children determined to be at high risk based upon a Childhood Lead Assessment shall have a blood lead measurement.

 

2)         Children who have elevated screening results shall have follow-up testing.

 

3)         Elevated capillary results 10 mcg/dL and above shall be confirmed by a venous sample.

 

b)         Each licensed, registered, or approved health care facility serving children from 6 months through 6 years of age, including, but not limited to, health departments, hospitals, clinics, and health maintenance organizations approved, registered or licensed by the Department, shall take the appropriate steps (referral of children with identified risk factors as defined in the Department-provided Childhood Lead Risk Assessment Questionnaire to a physician or health care provider) to ensure that the patients receive lead poisoning screening, where medically indicated or appropriate, consistent with the risk factors in the Childhood Lead Risk Lead Assessment Questionnaire provided by the Department.  (Section 6.2 of the Act) Patients are those children receiving complete health care provided by the approved health care facility.

 

c)         Physicians and health care providers may assess children 7 years of age and older in accordance with the Childhood Lead Risk Assessment Questionnaire provided by the Department.

 

d)         Each day care center, day care home, preschool, nursery school, kindergarten, or other child-care facility, licensed or approved by the State, including programs operated by a public school district, shall include a requirement that each parent or legal guardian of a child between the ages of 6 months through 6 years provide a statement from a physician or health care provider that the child has been screened or assessed for lead poisoning.  This statement shall be provided prior to admission and subsequently in conjunction with physical examinations required by 77 Ill. Adm. Code 665.140 of the Department's rules titled Child Health Examination Code. (Section 7.1 of the Act)

 

e)         Nothing in this Part shall be construed to require any child to undergo a lead blood level screening or test whose parent or guardian objects to such screening on the grounds that the screening or test conflicts with his or her religious beliefs. (Section 7.1 of the Act)