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Lead Paint Info

Effective January 1, 2010 new regulations go into effect regarding renovations done on buildings built before 1978.  Buildings built prior to 1978 are presumed to contain lead paint, and the regulations are intended to ensure that any work that is done does not result in a lead hazard. 


The rules are extensive and a complete summary is not possible.  An overview of the  rules may be seen at the EPA web site here.  There is other information elsewhere on the EPA site also.


Briefly, if your interior work disturbs an area larger than six square feet, or your exterior work disturbs an area of twenty square feet, it must be supervised by a person who has completed a course on safe work practices and has been certified.  All workers on the job who are not certified must be trained by the person who is.  There are requirements concerning how the work must be done to minimize the possibility of creating a lead hazard, and requirements about how the clean up after the job must be done.  And, of course, there are a lot of paper work and record keeping requirements.


The EPA rules on lead will take effect April 22, 2010.  However, EPA will not be monitoring compliance in NC.  That will be done by the state, and the state rules went into effect January 1, 2010.  There are substantial fines for violation of these rules, but the state says their initial efforts will be directed at education and outreach.  The fines will come later.


If you own, or manage, pre 1978 housing you need to familiarize your self with these regulations.

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