Free Lead Paint Testing

CEH will test the paint in your home for the presence of lead. Simply send us your sample by following the instructions below. This service is free, but you will need to stamp the envelope containing your sample.

Why should I be concerned about lead paint in my home?

Many interiors of homes and apartments built before 1978 were once painted with lead-based paint. Exposed lead paint, paint chips, and lead-tainted dust can harm pregnant women and their babies, and cause learning problems for children.

How to protect you and your family from lead hazards

  • Always hire a professional to perform lead paint removal and renovations
  • Talk to your landlord about fixing surfaces with peeling or chipping paint
  • Regularly clean floors, window sills, and other surfaces where dust accumulates
  • Wash children’s hands, toys, bottles, and pacifiers often

How to send in your sample

NOTE: If you are pregnant or nursing, do not remove the paint sample yourself.

  1. Choose a location in your home where the paint is the thickest and least worn-down.
  2. Wearing gloves, wet the surface with water using a spray bottle or damp
    cloth (wash thoroughly after use).

    Using a sharp object (like the edge of a screwdriver), gently remove one small piece of paint. Be sure to scrape off the bottom-most layer of paint (one square inch or the size of your thumb nail).

  3. Place the paint chip in a small plastic bag.
  4. If you would like to sample paint from different areas (e.g. from a door, a baseboard, or another room), repeat
    steps 1-2.
  5. Label each bag with a name or location you will remember.
  6. Fill out the contact information form so we can provide you with results.
  7. Enclose the contact information form and a copy of your rental agreement (this is optional) and any other information about lead that your landlord has provided you.
  8. Mail all forms and samples to CEH using a stamped envelope.
  9. Expect results within 2-3 weeks.

For more information, call Kaya Allan Sugerman at 510-655-3900 ext. 340.

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Organization Contact

Alameda County
Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Alameda County Medical Center
(Highland Hospital)

Berkeley Public Health Division Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (Berkeley residents only)

City of Berkeley Public Health Division
Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
1947 Center Street, 2nd Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704

California Poison Control Center

EPA Lead Website

EPA Locator for Certified Renovation and Lead Dust Sampling Technician Firms