I have been receiving a lot of questions and concerns about the EPA’s new requirement regarding lead paint and remodels/repairs in your homes. There has been a lot of misinformation so here is what you need to know:
1. Starting April 22, 2010, firms working in pre-1978 homes (built before December 21, 1977) and child occupied facilities must be certified AND use lead-safe work practices during renovations.
1. Renovation activities where lead is not present. (Must perform test on all areas being disturbed. Hybrivet Systems makes the ONLY EPA-certified lead testing kits)
2. Emergency services. (water damage dryouts, et. al.) – After Emergency Services are performed, requires proper cleanup supervised by EPA-certified technician, if lead is present.
3. Minor repair and maintenance. (Less than 6 SF per room, in general. Exclusion does not apply to window replacement.)
4. Renovations performed by homeowners in their own homes.
If you have further questions or want more information, go directly to the EPA website:
EPA Website – Lead
If you receive HUD payments or are working on a HUD property:
HUD Website – Lead
Or if you do not like those websites, you can email me directly or comment and I will respond relatively quickly.