Lead Poisoning & Prevention

Program Overview

The main goal of the Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention Program (Lead Primary) is to prevent children from being exposed to lead hazards, thus preventing lead poisoning. The program activities are focused in neighborhoods that have been identified as "communities of concern" where children are at high risk for lead poisoning. Lead Primary performs lead based paint exterior assessments, provides lead education, and other interventions. Any lead hazards that are identified are required to be remediated by the property owner. Training and some resources exists to assist the property owner in making the repairs in a lead safe manner.

Program Guidelines

Lead Primary carries out activities in 1, 2, or 3 family homes in the 14701 zip code of the City of Jamestown.

Certain neighborhoods in this area are identified to receive a concentrated intervention. These targeted neighborhoods are called "areas of high risk" and are identified by the Chautauqua County Director of Health based upon established guidelines in the New York State Health Manual. 

Who can participate in the program?

  • Anyone (property owners, tenants, and landlords) living or owning property in the program area
    • 1, 2, or more unit homes that were built before 1978;
    • Children living in the home under the age of six or who spend 6 hours a week or more in the home.
  • NOTE: Multi-family homes in the targeted "areas of high risk" are automatically a participant.
  • All participants receive a free smoke/CO detector and tenants receive free cleaning supplies at the time of inspection.

The Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention Program promotes capacity building in Chautauqua County to assist in the fight against lead poisoning:

  • Free "Removal, Remodeling and Painting" (RRP) training for landlords and contractors;
  • Free training on how to conduct "Lead Safe Work Practices" (LSWP) when doing repairs or remodeling in the home;
    • Free materials and supplies for doing the work ‘ lead safe' after taking the LSWP course;
  • Referrals to additional resources and programs available for lead poisoning prevention;
  • Training for agencies, municipalities, and community organizations.

For more information contact the Chautauqua County Department of Health & Human Services at 1-800-242-5865 and ask for the Lead Primary program.

Helpful Resources

  • Environmental Lead Information: 1-800-242-5865
  • Medical Lead Information:
    • Mayville - 716-753-4491
    • Dunkirk - 716-363-4491
    • Jamestown - 716-661-7491