New EPA regulation re lead-based paint

by Eric Chang on May 12, 2010

Effective last month on April 22, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

This is a major development in the industry, given the age of our area’s housing stock. If your home was built pre-1978, then it most likely contains lead-based paint. Even if the original paint lies beneath newer coats of paint, renovation work—like sandblasting—would cause it to become airborne and thus a concern.

When hiring painters, ask them to provide proof of certification under the new regulation.

Here’s an EPA brochure: Lead-Safe Guide to Renovate Right.

Update: Congressional action has suspended the certification process until October. It was partly done to give policymakers more time to develop the certification process and training requirements. In the meantime, contractors performing relevant work are still required to produce the EPA brochure to their clients and to have their work pass inspection upon completion.

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