City of Toledo Lead Ordinance Video-Debunking the Myths

City of Toledo Lead Ordinance

Lead Ordinance Frequently Asked Questions
Flow Chart for Compliance with Ordinance
Local Lead Inspector Information and Application

***Please note the above Lead Inspector Application is NOT an application for employment with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department. You will be listed as a Local Lead Inspector for rental property owners or in-home daycares to contact who require inspections due to the City of Toledo Lead Ordinance. Lead inspectors, risk assessors, and clearance technicians must be currently licensed in the State of Ohio***

Definition of Lead Poisoning

“Lead Poisoning” is defined as a confirmed level of lead in human blood of five micrograms per deciliter (5 µg/dl) or greater.

State Law Mandates

State law mandates blood lead screening for all “high risk” children 72 months (6 years) of age and below. A “High risk” child is defined as a child that:

  • Lives in or regularly visits a house built before 1950. (This includes a day care center, preschool, or home of a baby sitter or relative.)
  • Lives in or visits a house that has peeling, chipping, dusting or chalking paint.
  • Lives in or visits a house built before 1978 with recent, ongoing, or planned renovation/remodeling.
  • Has a sibling or playmate who has or did have lead poisoning.
  • Frequently comes in contact with an adult who has a hobby or works with lead. Examples are construction, welding, pottery, painting, and casting ammunition.

Or any child residing in one of the following zip codes:


Note* Every child on Medicaid is also mandated by the State to be tested for lead.

Other Information

The Ohio Department of Health estimates that there are approximately 19,000 children with lead poisoning in the state of Ohio. Nearly half of Ohio’s children live in its six largest counties.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have set a national goal to eliminate lead poisoning by the year 2010.

The elimination plan implemented by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department focuses on two areas: testing all children at risk and eliminating all points of lead exposure for children (environmental intervention).

A Public Health Lead Investigation conducted by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department includes: case management, risk assessments, abatement orders, enforcement, and follow-up.