Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance Program
The Adult Blood Lead and Epidemiology Surveillance (ABLES) program is a state-based surveillance program of laboratory-reported adult blood lead levels. The program objective is to build state capacity to initiate, expand, and/or improve adult blood lead surveillance programs which can accurately measure trends in adult blood lead levels and which can effectively intervene to prevent lead over-exposures. NIOSH is currently the only federal supported occupational surveillance for lead. ABLES state interventions to prevent lead over-exposures include (1) conducting follow-up interviews with physicians, employers, and workers; (2) investigating work sites; (3) providing technical assistance; (4) providing referrals for consultation and/or enforcement; and (5) developing and disseminating educational materials and outreach programs.
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ABLES/ables.html and related web pages.
Adult Blood Lead Surveillance and Epidemiology 2005-2007. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 56(14); 365-369. 2009.