Lead-Based Paint: What You Need to Know

In 1978, the federal government banned consumer usage of paints containing lead. Getting the facts about lead-based paint and how it affects your business is an important step toward keeping your property compliant and your residents safe.

Q: Why is lead-based paint a hazard?
A: Lead is a highly toxic metal. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning, which can result in a range of health and behavioral problems, particularly in children.

Q: Do my buildings have lead-based paint?
A: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that nearly 75% of homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint.

Q: My buildings were built before 1978. What are my requirements?
A: You are required to provide:
1. An EPA-approved information pamphlet on identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards, Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home (PDF).
2. Any known information concerning lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards pertaining to the building. This includes records and reports concerning common areas and other units when such information was obtained as a result of a building-wide evaluation.
3. A lead disclosure attachment to the lease, or language inserted in the lease, that includes a "Lead Warning Statement" and confirms that you have complied with all notification requirements.

Q: I am planning a property renovation or repair project that may disturb lead-based paint. What are my requirements?
A: The Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) requires that firms and workers who engage in activities that may disturb lead-coated surfaces on pre-1978 residential properties are required to be certified by the EPA.

Q: How do my employees apply for the EPA Lead-Safe Certification Program?
A: Certification can be completed online through the EPA’s Website. The deadlines for workers are as follows:

Date Course Completed Expiration
On or before March 31, 2010 March 31, 2016
From April 1, 2010 - March 31, 2011 6 years from the date of course completion
On or after April 1, 2011 5 years from the date of course completion