Senate Bill No. 42
                Senate Bill No. 42

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-66


AN  ACT  CONCERNING   CHILDHOOD   LEAD   POISONING
REPORTING.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  19a-110  of  the general statutes, as
amended by section 23 of public act  97-9  of  the
June  18  special  session,  is  repealed  and the
following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Each  institution   licensed   under  the
provisions  of  sections   19a-490   to   19a-503,
inclusive, AS AMENDED,  and  each private clinical
laboratory  [registered]  LICENSED  under  section
19a-30 shall, within  forty-eight hours of receipt
of knowledge thereof,  report  to the Commissioner
of Public Health, and to the director of health of
the town, city  or  borough  in  which  the person
resides: [, the]  (1)  THE  name,  FULL  RESIDENCE
address, [and] date  of birth, [of, and such other
relevant  information  as  said  commissioner  may
require concerning] GENDER,  RACE AND ETHNICITY OF
each person found  to  have a level of lead in the
blood equal to  or greater than ten micrograms per
deciliter of blood  or  any  other  abnormal  body
burden  of  lead;   (2)   THE  NAME,  ADDRESS  AND
TELEPHONE NUMBER OF  THE  HEALTH CARE PROVIDER WHO
ORDERED THE TEST;  (3) THE SAMPLE COLLECTION DATE,
ANALYSIS  DATE,  TYPE   AND  BLOOD  LEAD  ANALYSIS
RESULT; AND (4)  SUCH  OTHER  INFORMATION  AS  THE
COMMISSIONER  MAY  REQUIRE.   Any  institution  or
laboratory making [such  a]  AN ACCURATE report in
good faith shall  [be  immune  from  any  civil or
criminal  liability  that   otherwise   might   be
incurred from the  making  of  such report] NOT BE
LIABLE FOR THE  ACT  OF  DISCLOSING SAID REPORT TO
THE COMMISSIONER OR TO THE DIRECTOR OF HEALTH. The
commissioner, after consultation  with  the  Chief
Information   Officer   OF   THE   DEPARTMENT   OF
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, shall determine the method
AND FORMAT of  transmission  of  data contained in
said report.
    (b)  EACH  INSTITUTION   OR   LABORATORY  THAT
CONDUCTS LEAD TESTING  PURSUANT  TO SUBSECTION (a)
OF THIS SECTION SHALL, AT LEAST MONTHLY, SUBMIT TO
THE COMMISSIONER OF  PUBLIC HEALTH A COMPREHENSIVE
REPORT THAT INCLUDES: (1) THE NAME, FULL RESIDENCE
ADDRESS, DATE OF BIRTH, GENDER, RACE AND ETHNICITY
OF EACH PERSON  TESTED  PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION (a)
OF THIS SECTION REGARDLESS OF THE LEVEL OF LEAD IN
THE BLOOD; (2)  THE  NAME,  ADDRESS  AND TELEPHONE
NUMBER OF THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER WHO ORDERED THE
TEST; (3) THE  SAMPLE  COLLECTION  DATE,  ANALYSIS
DATE, TYPE AND  BLOOD  LEAD  ANALYSIS  RESULT; (4)
LABORATORY  IDENTIFIERS;  AND   (5)   SUCH   OTHER
INFORMATION AS THE  COMMISSIONER  MAY REQUIRE. ANY
INSTITUTION  OR  LABORATORY   MAKING  AN  ACCURATE
REPORT IN GOOD  FAITH  SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR THE
ACT OF DISCLOSING SAID REPORT TO THE COMMISSIONER.
THE  COMMISSIONER,  AFTER  CONSULTATION  WITH  THE
CHIEF  INFORMATION OFFICER,  SHALL  DETERMINE  THE
METHOD  AND  FORMAT   OF   TRANSMISSION   OF  DATA
CONTAINED IN SAID REPORT.
    (c) WHENEVER AN  INSTITUTIONAL  LABORATORY  OR
PRIVATE CLINICAL LABORATORY  CONDUCTING BLOOD LEAD
TESTS PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION REFERS A BLOOD LEAD
SAMPLE TO ANOTHER  LABORATORY  FOR  ANALYSIS,  THE
LABORATORIES MAY AGREE  ON  WHICH  LABORATORY WILL
REPORT IN COMPLIANCE  WITH SUBSECTIONS (a) AND (b)
OF THIS SECTION,  BUT  BOTH  LABORATORIES SHALL BE
ACCOUNTABLE TO INSURE  THAT  REPORTS ARE MADE. THE
REFERRING  LABORATORY  SHALL   INSURE   THAT   THE
REQUISITION SLIP INCLUDES  ALL  OF THE INFORMATION
THAT IS REQUIRED  IN  SUBSECTIONS  (a)  AND (b) OF
THIS  SECTION  AND   THAT   THIS   INFORMATION  IS
TRANSMITTED  WITH  THE   BLOOD   SPECIMEN  TO  THE
LABORATORY PERFORMING THE ANALYSIS.
    [(b)] (d) The  director of health of the town,
city or borough  shall  provide  or  cause  to  be
provided, to the  parent  or  guardian  of a child
reported,  pursuant  to  subsection  (a)  of  this
section, with information  describing  the dangers
of lead poisoning,  precautions to reduce the risk
of  lead  poisoning   and   laws  and  regulations
concerning lead abatement.  Said information shall
be developed by  the  Department  of Public Health
and provided to  each  local and district director
of health.

Approved May 19, 1998