Public Health Department
80 State Highway 310, Suite #2
Canton, New York 13617-1476

Public Health Director
Dana Olzenak McGuire, PT, PhD

Ph: (315) 386-2325
Fx: (315) 386-2203

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm


St. Lawrence County Public Health Department


Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Healthy Living Lead Free!

Welcome to the St. Lawrence County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program! Here, you will find information about lead poisoning and the services available through the St. Lawrence County Department of Public Health and our community partners to eliminate lead poisoning.           



Lead Poisoning Prevention - What’s New!

St. Lawrence County Public Health Department Offering Free Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Certification Course!

The Lead Renovator program is 8 contact hours with classroom and hands-on activities and an examination. Typical trainees are homeowners/property owners/managers, building trades, contractors and their employees, or those who would like to use the certification to obtain work in the construction industry. 

The training will take place on Wednesday, November 20th from 9AM to 6PM at the Human Services Building in Canton.

Please click here for additional details and information on how to register. 

Please contact the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program for any questions or concerns regarding this event.

Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Phone: 315-229-3433




Free Lead Testing Program









The Free Lead Testing Pilot Program (FLTPP) will provide NYS residents who are served by either a private well or public water system with an opportunity to have their residential drinking water tested for free! Visit the New York State Department of Health website for more information. 


HUD Lead-based Paint Hazard Control and Lead Hazard Reduction Grant

The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program continues to work towards decreased incidence of lead poisoned children and pregnant and lactating women. That is why we are excited to announce that St. Lawrence County is a recipient of a $1 million Housing and Urban Development grant for lead hazard reduction. The public health department is working with the North Country Housing Council on this important work. The goal of this grant is to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in eligible rented or owned homes that are privately owned.

If your home was built before 1978, you may qualify for grant-funded renovations and repairs! Special consideration will be given to households with children and/or children who are currently being monitored for lead poisoning.

Please contact the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program for more information on qualifications and the application process.  

Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Phone: 315-229-3433



Lead Poisoning Prevention in St. Lawrence County

Despite significant progress, childhood lead poisoning remains a serious problem in St. Lawrence County and throughout New York State. Seventy-three percent (73%) of the County’s housing stock was built in 1979 or before and poses a lead hazard risk to occupants and frequent visitors; 3,930 (13%) of these units house children who are six years old or younger.

Therefore, the St. Lawrence County Department of Public Health manages the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program charged with the responsibility of case managing lead poisoned children in St. Lawrence County. The program conducts investigations and provides information to the parents of children under the age of 18 that have tested positive for elevated blood lead levels.

Lead and Lead Poisoning













Lead is an element found naturally in the earth’s crust that has been mined and used by people for thousands of years. It is useful in manufacturing, surface coatings and glazes, automobile batteries, and a variety of industrial processes. Up until 1978, lead was used in many house paints. Even today, deteriorating lead-based paint in homes can lead to high (and unsafe) concentrations of lead in house dust.

Like iron, calcium and magnesium, lead is a metal. However, unlike those minerals, which are needed by the human body, lead is a poison – even in very small amounts. It can cause learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and, at very high levels, seizures, coma, and even death. Young children, when exposed to high levels of lead in house dust, are particularly vulnerable. Since there is NO medical treatment to permanently reverse the adverse health effects of lead exposure in children, it is critical to focus on prevention. If you live in pre 1978 housing, it is important to safeguard the children in your home or apartment from suffering the damaging effects of lead poisoning, by keeping the home clean and keeping painted surfaces intact.

For more information on how you can protect your family, please contact the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 315-229-3433 or email us at  You can also visit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website or call 1-800-424-LEAD (5323).


Home Renovation, Repair and Painting 



RENOVATE RIGHT! Always work safely around lead!

If you are performing any renovations or repairs on your pre 1978 house or plan on hiring a contractor, then you need to work lead safe!

  • Doing the work yourself? Learn lead safe work practices! 

Learn how to use Lead Safe Work Practices when remodeling, repairing or painting your home.  Every year hundreds of children are diagnosed with lead poisoning due to exposure of lead hazards during home repairs and renovations. 


  • Hiring a Contractor?

Make sure they are certified in RRP! Contractors who perform renovation, repairs, and painting in pre 1978 housing need to have this certification and must take special precautions around paint that may contain lead. Be sure to ask your contractor about their certification(s). Under strict EPA rules that took effect on April 22, 2010, special certification is required for all home improvement activity in housing built before 1978 and in ANY child occupied facility. This rule, "Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP)" is intended to ensure that any activity that disturbs paint in older housing is performed using lead-safe work practices. For more information visit the EPA "RRP" website or call 1-800-424-LEAD (5323). 


Lead Poisoning Prevention Starts at Home!

How are children poisoned by lead? 

Children ingest or inhale lead or lead contaminated dust that is present in their environment. A very small amount of lead will poison a child. Be on the lookout for these common sources of lead in and around your home.  

Additional information regarding sources of lead in your environment can be found on the New York State Department of Health website.

What can parents do to keep their children safe from lead?

Parents can take some simple precautions around the house to protect children from being exposed to lead. Lead dust is the most common source of lead poisoning. Frequent damp cleaning will help to keep children from being exposed. A healthy diet will help to keep lead from being absorbed into a child’s body.   

Additional information regarding keeping children safe from lead:

Additional Resources 


Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
St. Lawrence County Department of Public Health
80 State Highway 310, Suite 2
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: 315-386-2325
Fax: 315-386-2744
Area Served: St. Lawrence County, NY

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