Health Hazard Resources
The ODH lead program has funding to remove lead paint hazards from homes built before 1978. This program is statewide and available in every Ohio county. The goal is to help protect families with Medicaid-eligible children and/or Medicaid-eligible pregnant women against the dangers of lead paint hazards.
- ODH and the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) have been provided with State Children's Health Insurance (SCHIP) funding for lead paint hazard testing and removal.
- 9 million dollars have currently been provided for this program. Services are available for as long as funding is available.
- Your home was built before 1978.
- You have children on Medicaid up to age 19.
- You are pregnant and on Medicaid.
Beginning in 2020, the Ohio Lead Abatement Tax Credit Program provides a state income tax credit to Ohio property owners who incur qualifying lead abatement costs in connection with an eligible dwelling. The tax credit is capped at $10,000.00 per taxpayer and per eligible dwelling.
To qualify for the state tax credit, a property owner must be an individual taxpayer, estate, or trust. The applicant must submit an application to the Ohio Department of Health documenting that the applicant incurred lead abatement costs on an eligible dwelling during the taxable year, that the eligible dwelling was built prior to 1978, and that the dwelling has passed a clearance examination. Lead abatement costs include:
Upon receipt of a completed application, the Ohio Department of Health will review the application and issue a tax credit certificate to the eligible applicant. Certificates will be issued on a first come, first served basis until $5,000,000.00 in tax credits have been awarded for each state fiscal year. Once the $5,000,000.00 annual allocation is reached, notification will be provided on this page.
- Available to individuals, estates and trusts
- Any residential units built before 1978
- Any expenses from:
- Lead Risk Assessment
- Lead Abatement work
- Clearance examinations
- Relocation expenses
All work must be performed by a state licensed professional to be eligible.
Please contact Ohio Department of Health directly for more information.
There are simple steps you can take to reduce Health Hazards in your home:
- Don't wear shoes inside your home, switch to house shoes or slippers when you get home
- Wipe down painted surfaces regularly with a damp rag (vacuuming or dusting can throw lead dust into the air)
- Clean hard floors with a wet rag or mop
- Use dehumidifiers in damp areas
- Clean and fix water leaks right away
- Clean drains and gutters regularly
- Keep trash and debris away from the side of your house
- Don't let trash and clutter build up in your house
- Keep food in tightly sealed containers
- Wash bedding weekly
- Bathe pets regularly
- Use door mats to trap dirt and water
- Click here to download a Home Maintenance Checklist
Check out these links to learn more about Home Health Hazards:
- Fairfield County Health Department
- Ohio Department of Health: Childhood Lead Poisoning
- Ohio Department of Health: Asthma
- The Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right