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Lead Contamination in Gardens

This ODH factsheet answers many common questions about lead contamination in gardens, including:

  • What is lead?

  • How does lead get into the environment?

  • How does lead get into my body?

  • Can lead make me sick?

  • What are some good gardening practices to keep me safe from lead?

  • Where can I get more information?


Local health departments are encouraged to print these factsheets for distribution in the event of a public health incident involving lead contamination in gardens.


This factsheet may be updated periodically as new scientific information becomes available or as regulations change. You can find the date of the most recent updates to this factsheet inside the PDF.