Lead testing or poisoning (1171)

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Wisconsin Resources and General Information

General information on lead testing/poisoning

Health departments across the state have Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention programs.  These programs help teach families. They can tell you where to go to test your child and your home for lead. In the greater Milwaukee area, call (414) 286-2165   

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services coordinates your local Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program. Call them at (608) 266-5817 to get information on lead testing in your town.

Blood lead testing

Blood samples can be tested for lead poisoning. This may be done at your doctor's office. Your local health department or WIC clinic also may be able to take a blood sample.

Air, paint and dust lead testing

Air, paint and dust in and around your home can contain lead. Call the State Lab of Hygiene at 608-224-6210 to get help to have the air, paint or dust tested for lead. 

Your local health department may also have testing materials that can be used in your home. There may be a small fee to use this service.

Soil lead testing

The soil around your home can contain lead. It can also be tested. For information, call the University of Wisconsin Soils Lab at the following statewide location:  
Madison 608-262-4364

Water lead testing

Lead may also be found in drinking water. If you have questions or you would like to have a sample of your water tested, call your local water supplier. 

You can also call your regional Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  Ask them how to send a water sample to a certified laboratory for testing.

Locations and telephone numbers of DNR offices in Wisconsin.

Northern Region
Department of Natural Resources   
810 W. Maple Street             
Spooner, WI 54801                  
(715) 635-2101
Department of Natural Resources 
107 Sutliff Avenue        
Rhinelander, WI 54501              
(715) 365-8900

Northeast Region
Department of Natural Resources 
2984 Shawano Ave
PO Box 10448
Green Bay, WI 54307-0448
(920) 662-5100

West Central Region
Department of Natural Resources
1300 W. Clairmont Avenue 
Eau Claire, WI 54702
(715) 839-3700

Southeast Region
Department of Natural Resources
2300 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 263-8500

South Central Region
Department of Natural Resources 
3911 Fish Hatchery Road
Fitchburg, WI 53711
(608) 275-3266


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.