Blood Lead Test Reporting

Laboratories and Healthcare Providers

WAC 246-101-201 requires laboratories performing blood lead testing to report all blood lead test results to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). Healthcare providers using a capillary point of care machine (LeadCare II) are also required to provide all results.

Public Health

  1. The laboratory or healthcare provider report elevated blood lead level report directly to DOH.
  2. DOH staff contact the laboratory or healthcare provider to collect complete case information.
  3. DOH enters the case into the Childhood Lead Registry and also enters case management into the Public Health Issue Management System, a  web-based reporting system for notifiable conditions that facilitates communication between DOH and local health jurisdictions.
  4. The local health jurisdiction responds to elevated blood lead cases based upon capacity.
*Content from Department of Health's Expert Panel Childhood Lead Screening Guidelines. Refer for more detailed information on blood lead test reporting.