Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention Program

Erie County Department of Health 
LEADSAFE Erie County
503 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14124
Tel: 716-961-6800
Fax: 716-961-6880


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 identified lead hazards 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.


Lead Primary carries out activities in 1, 2, or 3 family homes in zip codes identified by NY State Department of Health as "Communities of Concern" for Lead Poisoning.  These zip codes are 14201, 14207, 14208, 14209, 14210, 14211, 14212, 14213, 14215. Click here for a map of Communities of Concern.

Certain neighborhoods in these zip codes are identified to receive a concentrated intervention. These neighborhoods are called “Areas of High Risk" and are designated as such by the Erie County Commissioner of Health, based upon established guidelines in the New York State Health Manual.  

Each home in the “area of high risk” receives a full exterior inspection, and in some cases, an interior inspection and a lead education visit for the occupant. Repairs must be made to any identified lead hazards.

Who can participate in the program?
  • Anyone (property owners, tenants, and landlords) living or owning property in the program's target zip codes
    • 1, 2, or 3 family 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: Homeowners in the designated “areas of high risk” are automatically a participant.

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

  • 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, & community organizations.

Funding provided by: New York State Department of Health