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Information on lead testing in Agricultural Hall & Bascom Hall
Monday, October 23
UW-Madison shared this update with the campus community.
Thursday, October 12
Last week, UHS Occupational Medicine facilitated a no-cost outreach blood lead sample collection clinic for Agricultural Hall and Bascom Hall employees who wished to be tested. On October 10, additional testing was offered at Nancy Nicholas Hall for SoHE occupants.
UHS Occupational Medicine has received results on venous blood draws, the recommended assessment for routine analysis of lead exposure. To date, all 144 results show blood lead levels within an acceptable range—0.0 to 4.9 ug/dL—as established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The lower limit of detection for the lab performing this is 2.0 ug/dL.
Facilities Planning & Management (FP&M) continues to clean offices and classrooms in Agricultural Hall and Bascom Hall. Based on the current tentative schedule, FP&M anticipates being able to complete cleaning by October 27.
At this time, UHS does not recommend any further testing; however, employees can make an appointment—at no cost—with University Health Services Occupational Medicine for a blood lead level test. If you choose to see your own health care provider for this test, please tell your provider to bill the visit through workers’ compensation. If you choose to have a blood lead level test, please visit the Risk Management website to complete three forms: Employee’s Work Injury and Illness Report, Employer’s Report of Injury, and Supervisor’s Work Injury and Illness Report.
Questions about employee medical testing can be directed to UHS Occupational Medicine at 608-265-5610. Additional questions can be directed to your supervisor.
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Tuesday, October 10
Employees will be notified that their test results will be available to them via a secure MyUHS message approximately one week after collection. Employees who would like their test results mailed to them should contact UHS Health Information Management at 608.262.7471.
Friday, October 6
A no-cost outreach blood lead sample collection clinic for Agricultural Hall and Bascom Hall employees who wished to be tested was held today in Nancy Nicholas Hall. Employees were notified that their test results will be available to them via a secure MyUHS message in approximately one week. Employees who would like their test results mailed to them should contact UHS Health Information Management at 608.262.7471.
Questions or concerns about interpreting your test results can be directed to UHS Occupational Medicine at 608.265.5610.
Thursday, October 5
Increased awareness of the effects of lead exposure have caused communities across the country look more closely at lead levels. Adults are not at high risk for adverse health outcomes unless you are pregnant/considering becoming pregnant, nursing, or have another health concern. Children are at the greatest risk for adverse health effects due to long-term exposure to high levels of lead. To date, no test results have showed elevated blood lead levels in adults or children who have been tested.
Tomorrow, Friday, October 6, University Health Services will offer a no-cost outreach blood lead sample collection clinic for Agricultural Hall and Bascom Hall employees who wish to be tested.
Nancy Nicholas Hall, School of Human Ecology
1300 Linden Drive
Room 1199, Wisconsin Idea Room
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
No appointment needed
This is a drop-in clinic. Appointments will not be scheduled for this event. If time or confidentiality are a concern, contact UHS Occupational Medicine at 608-265-5610 to make an appointment at UHS, 333 East Campus Mall.
If you already scheduled a blood lead level testing appointment at UHS and plan to attend the mobile clinic, please cancel your existing appointment by calling 608-265-5610. This will allow for other employee appointments at UHS.
To expedite the testing process, please print and complete the following forms as best you can, and bring them to Nancy Nicholas Hall:
- Occupational Medicine Release of Information
- Occupational Consent to Treat
- Risk Management Employee’s Work Injury & Illness Report
- Lead Exposure Registration Form
If you choose to have a blood lead level test and file a worker’s compensation claim for coverage, visit the Risk Management website to complete the following three forms along with your supervisor: Employee’s Work Injury and Illness Report, Employer’s Report of Injury, and Supervisor’s Work Injury and Illness Report. For tomorrow’s mobile clinic bring the Employee’s Work Injury and Illness Report. Submit the other two forms through your supervisor/human resources worker’s compensation coordinator.
Wednesday, October 4
To date, there have been no elevated blood lead levels in any individuals tested. On Friday, October 6, UHS will offer a mobile lead level testing clinic for Agricultural Hall and Bascom Hall employees who wish to be tested at Nancy Nicholas Hall from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. No appointment is needed.
Employees can also make an appointment—at no cost—with University Health Services Occupational Medicine, 333 East Campus Mall, for a blood lead level test at their convenience.
Tuesday, October 3
UW-Madison shared this update with the campus community.
Monday, October 2
Repainting work, including paint removal, was conducted on the northeast emergency stairwell outside of Agricultural Hall between June and September 2017. Environmental testing showed unacceptable levels of lead dust within some areas of the building.
A similar project was conducted at Bascom Hall during summer 2017. Questions and concerns have arisen as to whether and to what extent this activity may have impacted offices and classroom spaces within the buildings. UW-Madison Environment, Health & Safety continues to collect samples within the buildings. Results of this testing are expected the first week of October.
Testing was also conducted inside the Preschool Lab at Nancy Nicholas Hall and on the playground and rooftop terrace. The outdoor areas were proactively closed. Test results were below state and federal limits, and the areas were determined safe as of Monday, October 2.
“The safety of our students and employees is our most important concern,” says Dr. William Kinsey, UW-Madison Chief Medical Officer. “The University in the process of taking all possible steps to remedy this situation. We will share updates and information as soon as we have it.”
Actions Being Taken
- Ongoing testing of potentially affected areas
- Identify building areas considered at risk
- Close SoHE Preschool Lab playground and rooftop terrace pending cleaning and re-testing
- Relocate employees in affected areas; offer relocation to women in both buildings who are pregnant, may become pregnant or nursing as well as to people with other health concerns
- Offer free blood lead level testing to employees through UHS or their primary care provider
- Recommend testing for preschoolers…
- Provide education, resources and support
Questions about this ongoing process can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I at-risk? Is my family at-risk? Why or why not
UW-Madison Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) division is collecting environmental samples from potentially affected areas to determine who may or may not be at risk, and the UW has requested expedited processing of the sample analysis. We are sharing results with building occupants as we receive them.
Do I have to get tested? Do I have to use paid leave to get tested?
Getting tested is not required, but if employees choose to do so, they do not have to use paid leave.
What do I need to know about my employee’s exposure risk and test results?
Medical information is not subject to disclosure to supervisors and is protected under law. Risk of exposure will be communicated to employees.
How much and what types of flexibility may I offer?
Find alternative work locations and offer the option of telecommuting/working remotely.
Blood lead level testing
To schedule a venous blood lead level test, contact UHS Occupational Medicine at 608.265.5610.
If you choose to have a blood lead level test, visit the Risk Management website to complete three forms: Employee’s Work Injury and Illness Report, Employer’s Report of Injury, and Supervisor’s Work Injury and Illness Report.