Lead Screening Kit Packaging

Lead Screening Kits

The Lead Screening Kit project focuses on giving families a way to test their home for lead. Homeowners can take up to 9 samples and be finished in 15-20 minutes. The Lead Screening Kit is a low-cost kit that provides real results to families so they can work to live lead safe. Results take 2-3 weeks to process. 

Six people sitting around a dining room table, discussing lead risks

Lead Risk Assessments

Lead RIsk Assessments provide homeowners with an in depth report of lead hazards within the home. They are done by an EPA licensed risk assessor, take between 1-2 hours, and provide information on every surface area of the home. Notre Dame offers free risk assessments to anyone completing a Lead Screening Kit.

The risk assessment is offered for a limited time thanks to funding from Housing and Urban Development. If you would like an assessment done while you complete a Kit, please contact or call 574-631-6326

Please note: Risk assessments must be done at the same time as the kit. 



Students and volunteers applying mulch to mitigate lead contamination

Mulch Madness

When it comes to lead poisoning, ND LIT isn’t afraid to fight dirty. That’s why we started Mulch Madness in 2016. Mulch Madness is an annual event where Notre Dame students and neighborhood residents throughout the City of South Bend work together to cover bare soil near homes. Through this project we are able to keep lead levels down and residents safe, both in and around the home.

Cleaning Materials

Lead Remediation Strategies

While the lead screening kit provides information on lead levels in the home, we are working to find ways to help families address the lead in the home once they find it. We are working to make kits that people can use to protect their family by creating a lead safe environment in their home.

Map of St. Joseph County Lead Levels by region

Understanding the Lead Problem in South Bend

Since 2016, ND-LIT has been working in St. Joseph County, Indiana to better understand our lead problem and what we can do about it. From looking at elevated blood lead levels to researching our soil, our team continues to make new findings that help our community combat lead poisoning.