Lead-Based Paint Renovation Requirements

By: Jessica Sadler

You may have noticed signs in front of houses recently with warnings such as “CAUTION LEAD.” They are likely accompanied by plastic wrapping, tape and other safe precautions. This is the result of the EPA law that went into effect April 22, 2010. The details below are from the EPA website at:

http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm

Under the new guidelines:

“contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.”

To become certified, a contractor must take an eight-hour EPA-approved training course. The new guidelines require precautions like those below:

  • Contain the work area.
  • Minimize dust.
  • Clean up thoroughly.

Many of our clients move into homes in order to renovate them and one should keep these rules in mind.