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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance Program

[49 Pa.B. 686]
[Saturday, February 9, 2019]

 Under 28 Pa. Code § 27.34(a)(2) (relating to reporting cases of lead poisoning), the Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES) program, administered by the Department of Health's (Department) Bureau of Epidemiology, currently collects all blood lead test results for adults 16 years of age or older in this Commonwealth with a blood lead level (BLL) of 25 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL). This information is used to report the number of adults in this Commonwealth with elevated BLLs and their source of lead exposure. Under 28 Pa. Code § 27.34(a)(2), an elevated BLL is defined by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The same regulation requires the Department to publish any NIOSH update to the definition of an elevated BLL.

 As of 2015, NIOSH designated 5 µg/dL of whole blood, in a venous blood sample, as the reference BLL for adults. An elevated BLL is defined as a BLL ≥ 5 µg/dL. As of the date of this publication, the ABLES program will now utilize this definition and collect all blood lead test results for adults 16 years of age or older in this Commonwealth with a BLL of 5 µg/dL or greater.

 For additional information or persons with a disability who require an alternative format of this notice (for example, large print, audiotape or Braille) contact Anil Nair, Director, Division of Environmental Health Epidemiology, Bureau of Epidemiology, Department of Health, Room 933, Health and Welfare Building, 625 Forster Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 787-3350, or for speech and/or hearing impaired persons, call the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users).

RACHEL L. LEVINE, MD, 
Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-190. Filed for public inspection February 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]



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