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Old Houses and Lead Paint

Important information about maintenance in pre-1978 housing.

Did you know there is a new EPA regulation regarding renovation and maintenance on housing subject to lead based paint disclosure?  While the law targets contractors who perform maintenance, agents who hire contractors on behalf of sellers or landlords should verify that workmen are licensed, insured, and comply with the requirements under the new regulation.  It is critical to use reasonable care and due diligence when selecting contractors or recommending workmen to clients to avoid exposure to liability claims.

 

The rule applies to renovators and maintenance professionals that work in housing, child-care facilities and schools built prior to 1978, where the work performed will disturb more than 6 square feet of interior painted surfaces or 20 square feet of exterior painted surfaces. The rule requires contractors to follow protective work practice standards including posting warning signs, restricting occupants from work areas, containing work areas to prevent dust and debris from spreading, conducting a thorough cleanup, and verifying that cleanup was effective.

 

Effective immediately, contractors performing renovations, repair and painting projects that disturb lead based paint must follow lead safe work practices.  Beginning in April 2010, federal law will require that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 be certified and follow lead-safe work practices to prevent lead contamination.

 

To learn more about renovation visit EPA's renovation, repair and painting web page:

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

 

 


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