Lead in Paint
We’ve been hearing a lot lately about lead in paint. The Environmental Protect Agency has been working for three decades to reduce exposure to lead in paint. On April 22, 2010 a new law went into effect that requires all contractors performing renovation, repair or painting projects that disturb lead based paint to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. This “lead paint controversy” began in the 70’s. In 1978, the federal government banned lead-based paint from being used in homes. In 1996 additional laws went into effect requiring individuals to receive information concerning a property before renting, buying or renovating pre-1978 housing.
Lead Based Paint Health Concerns
Exposure to high levels of lead can be damaging to children whose nervous systems are still developing, and to pregnant women whose unborn children are still growing. One out eleven children in the United States has a high and/or dangerous level of lead in their blood stream. In 1991 the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services called Lead the “number one environmental threat to the health of children in the United States”.
Contractors today must jump through numerous hoops to guarantee they are meeting rigorous safety standards when working in homes, businesses and other child related facilities. They have been trained and certified as “Renovators” by EPA-accredited trainers. If you have concerns or questions about lead-based paint and its effects, or how to safely perform home renovations you should contact a professional who has received the EPA certification.
We have received this certification and would be happy to provide further information about the new certification requirements and lead paint testing.