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 Program Contacts

John Sobolewski RS
Deputy Director
216.201.2000 ext 1515
Stephanie McConoughey RS
Program Manager
216.201.2000 ext 1244


Services We Can Provide


HEPA Vacuum Loaner Program

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health has several HEPA (high efficiency) vacuums that may be used by residents Cuyahoga County. The vacuum may be used to clean up lead dust and is loaned out for a period of 1 week at a time. There is no charge for the use of the HEPA vacuum.

The person using the vacuum must have a valid driver’s license or current Ohio identification card.

The resident is responsible for picking up and dropping off the vacuum at the CCBH office. Contact our office at 216-201-2000 ext. 1215 for details.

For those living outside of our health jurisdiction, including the City of Cleveland or another county, please click on the link provided to look for other HEPA vacuum loan sites.


Lead poisoning is the most common chronic poisoning and environmental illness in the United States.

Lead poisoning is the elevation of the lead level in the body.It may cause damage to the brain and nervous system resulting in behavioral and learning problems, slowed growth and hearing problems. Even low levels of lead in the blood have been linked to lower IQ levels.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has defined an Elevated Blood Lead Level (EBL) as a level higher than 10 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL). In 2007, the Greater Cleveland Lead Advisory Council adopted a local action level of 5 µg/dL.

The CCBH Lead Poisoning Prevention Program offers a wide range of services with the ultimate goal of eliminating childhood lead poisoning. We also provide testing of the home and screening for elevated blood lead levels in children less than 6 years of age.

The Cleveland Department of Public Health maintains its own lead poisoning prevention program.  Residents of the City of Cleveland should call 216.263.5323.




“Lead Safe” Housing

“Lead safe” means that any lead-based paint has been either removed or made inaccessible by providing a barrier between the lead-based paint and the environment. Although lead-based paint may still be present in the home, it has been properly covered to help minimize the chance for any exposure in the future.

It is important to remember that housing conditions can change with time based on the amount of ongoing maintenance or neglect.

A list of housing units made “lead safe” over the last five (5) years is available by clicking on the link below. The residence is deemed to be “lead safe” based upon the date of the clearance examination, which is found in the far right column of the property list.

Click here for a list of current “lead safe” housing units





Hazardous Properties

The Ohio Department of Health maintains a list of properties in Ohio whose owners have refused to comply with a lead hazard control order.  Due to the owner not correcting the lead hazards, the property has been required to be vacated since they contain known lead hazards.  The properties have been declared unsafe for human occupation, especially for children less than 6 years of age and pregnant women.

No person shall live in these properties until the lead hazards are corrected and the property passes a clearance examination.

If you have questions about a specific property on the list, contact information is provided with each listed property.

Click here to see the list




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