8 Suzanne Harrison
Rosemary T. Lesser
10 LONG TITLE
11 General Description:
12 This bill creates a program to increase testing and education regarding lead exposure for
14 Highlighted Provisions:
15 This bill:
16 ▸ creates a program within the Department of Health to increase education and testing
17 for lead exposure in children.
18 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
20 Other Special Clauses:
22 Utah Code Sections Affected:
24 26-10-15, Utah Code Annotated 1953
26 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
27 Section 1. Section 26-10-15 is enacted to read:
28 26-10-15. Lead exposure public education and testing.
29 (1) The department shall establish a child blood lead epidemiology and surveillance
30 program to:
31 (a) encourage pediatric health care providers to include a lead test in accordance with
32 the department's recommendations under Subsection (2); and
33 (b) conduct a public education program to inform parents of children who are two
34 years old or younger regarding:
35 (i) the effects of lead exposure in children;
36 (ii) the availability of free screening and testing for lead exposure; and
37 (iii) other available preventative measures.
38 (2) The department may recommend consideration of screening and testing during the
39 first year or second year well child clinical visit.
40 (3) (a) The department shall provide the information described in Subsection (1) to
41 organizations that regularly provide care or services for children who are 5 years old or
43 (b) The department may work with the following organizations to share the
44 information described in Subsection (1):
45 (i) a child care program licensed under Title 26, Chapter 39, Utah Child Care Licensing
46 Act, and the employees of the child care program;
47 (ii) a health care facility licensed under Title 26, Chapter 21, Health Care Facility
48 Licensing and Inspection Act;
49 (iii) a person providing child care under a program that is described in Subsection
51 (iv) an individual offering health education in a school district, including a school
52 nurse under Section 53G-9-204;
53 (v) a health care provider offering care to pregnant women and infants;
54 (vi) a religious, ecclesiastical, or denominational organization offering children's
55 programs as a part of worship services;
56 (vii) an organization that advocates for public education, testing, and screening of
57 children for lead exposure;
58 (viii) a local health department as defined in Section 26A-1-102; and
59 (ix) any other person that the department believes would advance public education
60 regarding the effects of lead exposure on children.
61 (4) The department shall seek grant funding to fund the program created in this section.