Lead Sample Collection Kit

The Lead Sample Collection Kit provides supplies to collect paint chips, house dust, and soil from your home.  The samples are then returned to our lab for analysis, which takes 2-4 weeks.  We will send you a report  that explains the meaning of the lead levels from the different locations sampled. The report provides information on steps you can take to minimize lead exposure and how to access resources and services through the Saint Joseph County Health Department and the City of South Bend.


Video directions for Lead Sample Collection Kit


If you have questions about how to use the kit or what the reported results mean, please reach out to us and ask us your questions;  you can email our team at lead@nd.edu


Version 3 home lead test kit design--(designed by Shreejan Shrestha)


Kit Pic 1Lead Sample Collection Kit version 3.0

We have completed two rounds of testing for the Lead Sample Collection Kits.  In winter of 2017, students at Adams HS used our version 1 kit to test 325 homes. This experiment showed that citizen science is a viable way to test large numbers of homes.   In the summer of 2018, we tested the version 2 kit in 47 homes.  We compared the lead levels that the kit found with the lead levels measured using conventional procedures.  This experiment showed that the results from the kits are similar to the results from conventional testing. However, the kits are much easier to scale up to test large numbers of homes.  Our third phase of testing is getting under way now.  We are planning to work with community organizations such as public schools, WIC, clinics, and neighborhood associations to find the best ways to hand out the kits to families with small children.