What should I test for lead?  


“Should I test for lead?”

You are probably wondering if you need to test for lead…

Lead has many negative effects on health and wellbeing, including:

  • Lowered IQ
  • Delayed achievement of developmental milestones (crawling, walking, speech, and others) 
  • Delayed puberty 
  • Loss of libido, reduced sperm count, sub-fertility, or miscarriage (spontaneous abortion) 
  • Delinquency 
  • Violent crime (including homicide and domestic violence) 
  • Possible Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 
  • Speech and other developmental delays 
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Essential tremor
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
  • Hypertension, stroke, heart attack, heart disease
  • Unexplained hearing loss and/or balance problems
  • And is closely linked with the diseases of ageing, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, cataracts, high blood pressure, and more.

There are also many reasons to test your blood for lead levels. Check out our Model National Lead Safety Policy Proposal: Towards a Lead-Safe World.

Lead in Ceramics – But Wait, There’s More!

There’s been an increase in awareness around lead in ceramics. While this may be an issue, there are many other sources that people, pets and livestock (including chooks) are exposed to on a day-to-day basis.

Are You an Indigenous Australian?

Announcing LEAD Group Kits for Indigenous Australians Project.

Indigenous Australians experience higher blood lead levels than non-Indigenous cohorts, potentially contributing to their poorer educational outcomes/longevity/greater rates of imprisonment. LEAD Group Kits for Indigenous Australians Project is a generational plan that addresses these racial disparities via lead poisoning prevention. No other project does.

LEAD Group Kits for Indigenous Australians Project increases dialogue while providing training to Indigenous health workers and parents to use LEAD Group Kits (supplied free by The LEAD Group) to lab-test and abate lead in homes and increase blood lead testing rates, giving Indigenous people agency in closing these gaps, including by seeking government funding for lead abatement of homes, preschools, etc, especially in the vicinity of lead smelting or mining. 

If you are an Indigenous Australian or an Indigenous health worker, please click here to access FREE LEAD Group Kits.

Take the Quiz

We’ve designed a short (yet comprehensive) quiz that takes you through a variety of scenarios to help you pinpoint the best places to test for lead.

We’ve had professionals, such as building biologists, rely on this quiz over the years…



Are you living or working in a leaded community?
A leaded community exists whether the industrial lead source is closed-down or still operating in a suburb or town established prior to 1970, OR lead /zinc / copper/ tin / silver mining area OR zinc / copper / lead smelter town OR near a lead manufacturing OR recycling facility (eg car recycling, e-waste recycling, lead acid battery recycling, etc) OR a crematorium OR an incinerator OR a heavily-trafficked urban area.

Test for Lead Resources

🧪 Need to Test?

If you need to test for lead, you can get your Lead Test Kit here.

💡 TIP: Become a member to get a discount on your Kit!

To be eligible for a discount, simply join as an Individual Member (for just $10/year) or as an Organisation (for $132/year).

🤝🏼 Need a Hand?

Reach out if you have any questions.