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State of Alaska

Alaska Lead Surveillance Program

Alaska has a comprehensive statewide blood lead surveillance program and targeted screening program to identify and control sources of lead exposure and assist in the medical management of patients with elevated blood lead levels (BLLs). In Alaska, elevated lead levels are found mostly in adults, usually as a result of mining occupations, casting of lead bullets or fishing weights, or exposure in shooting ranges. Present efforts are being directed towards targeted screening of populations potentially at risk for elevated lead exposures. These include occupational and non-occupational exposures. In Alaska, follow-up investigations are conducted for children under age 18 when the initial BLL is 5 g/dL or higher and for adults when the initial BLL is 25 g/dL or higher. For occupational exposures, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires follow-ups when BLLs exceed 40 g/dL.

Topics:

  • Lead Exposure
  • Blood Lead screening
  • Blood lead testing
  • Patient and health care provider follow-ups
  • Health education
  • Lab tests for lead content in blood
    Unit of Analysis Blood lead content
    Infrequently reported
    Individuals with blood lead laboratory report
    Age, sex, industry, occupation, exposure
    Statewide
    On-going maniditory reporting, summarized quarterly and annually
    Submitted laboratory reports on lead content in blood
    Manditory reporting
    Manditory reporting
    Manditory reporting
    This surveillance program depends on health care provider collection of blood samples for lead testing. The population is not screened in a systematic method that aims to collect a representative sample by region, sex, community, race, or socioeconomic status.
    For data requests that cannot be satisfied through the available links or to learn how to obtain copies of program data, contact the Lead Surveillance Database coordinators at eph@alaska.gov or call (907) 269-8000.
    Stacey Cooper (907 269 8016) and Sandrine Deglin (907 269 8028)
    Stacey.Cooper@alaska.gov or Sandrine.Deglin@alaska.gov
    Environmental Public Health Program
    Section of Epidemiology
    Division of Public Health
    Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
    3601 C St Suite 540
    Anchorage, AK 99503

    The information provided above is from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (Ak-IBIS) web site (http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Fri, 07 August 2020 from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health web site: http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov ".

    Content updated: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:57:13 AKST
    The information provided above is from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Center for Health Data and Statistics AK-IBIS web site (http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov/). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Fri, 07 August 2020 13:33:13 from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov/ ".

    Content updated: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:57:13 AKST