Status: Baseline only


Reduce exposure to lead in the population, as measured by blood or urine concentrations of the substance or its metabolites

Baseline: 2.75 micrograms per liter (µg/L) was the concentration level of lead in blood samples at which 95 percent of the population aged 1 to 64 years was at or below in 2015-16

Target: 1.74 micrograms per liter (µg/L)

Target Setting Method


Adults are most likely to be exposed to lead at work, like at manufacturing plants. Children most often come in contact with lead through lead-based paint at home. High levels of lead in the body can damage the blood, kidneys, and brain — and cause seizures and paralysis. Monitoring levels of lead in the blood is key to identifying and reducing exposure.