More than 100 people are expected to join in the fight for the release of the first batch of lead test kits, which would provide parents and doctors with a more thorough look at children’s health risks in the weeks after lead poisoning.
The test kits will be used by health care providers in California, New York and other states, as well as the federal government, which plans to release them at a later date.
The U.N. is also expected to release the first set of tests by mid-May.
The United States has spent nearly $10 billion on lead testing since its lead regulations were adopted in 2000.
The lead ban was originally scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 2020, but a Supreme Court decision last month temporarily halted that ban.
The first batch will include tests for more than 100 chemicals, including lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, zinc, chromium, cadmus, chromate, polybrominated biphenyls, and polychlorinated biphanyls.
Lead will be included in at least two of the tests, and the second will test for cadmias and mercury.
The first lead test is expected to provide the health care provider with a much clearer picture of the risk of lead poisoning for children.
Lead poisoning, also known as blood lead levels, is defined as a blood level above five micrograms per deciliter (mg/dL) or 10 microgram (mg) per decile.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children younger than 6 months old have the highest blood lead level in the United States.
Most of the lead in children’s blood comes from the blood of people who have lead poisoning or those who live in homes that have been in a home with lead paint for at least 10 years.
“We don’t know what it is in the blood, but the risk is so great that if you live in a house that has a lot of lead, you’re more likely to have higher blood lead than if you lived in a less lead-affected home,” said Dr. Mary Jo Fox, a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, who co-wrote a report for the U