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New Lead Paint Regulations
Deconstruction and New Lead Regulations
It's the Law! New Lead Paint Regulation
Beginning April 22, 2010, federal law requires
all houses, childcare facilities and schools built prior
to 1978 to have certified contractors follow specific work
practices to prevent lead contamination. If you are
contacting for deconstruction services or remodelers/contractors
to work on your house, childcare facility or school built before
1978, they must be EPA certified. Read below to find out more
about this issue.
Lead Paint Q&A
Q. Why is lead paint so dangerous?
A. It's the lead particles that are dangerous. If the lead paint
is disturbed and/or removed, airborne particles will cover
adjacent surfaces and can potentially be ingested or inhaled. In
young children this can cause long-term damage to the brain and
nervous system. Learning problems such as hyperactivity, slowed
growth, hearing problems and headaches are also possible
effects. In adults, inhalation and/or consumption of lead from
paint can cause difficulties during pregnancy, high blood
pressure, digestive problems, nerve disorders, memory and
concentration problems and muscle and joint pain.
Q. What is the new EPA Law?
A. In summary, the law states that all renovators,
deconstruction, and maintenance professionals that work in
housing, childcare facilities and schools built prior to 1978
that are removing or disturbing more than six square feet of
lead-based paint in a room or twenty square feet on the exterior
must be trained and certified in the handling, clean up and
disposal of these materials.
Q. Why is the EPA enacting this law now?
A. EPA has been working on a comprehensive plan to protect
children from lead poisoning for many years. In 2006 a goal was
set to complete the language and certification requirements for
the public by 2010.
Q. Who does this new EPA lead paint law affect?
A. The rule applies to renovators, deconstruction, and
maintenance professionals that work in housing, childcare
facilities and schools built prior to 1978.
Q. Does DeConstruction Services, LLC have to be
A. Every contractor that disturbs or removes more than six
square feet of lead-based paint in a room or twenty square feet
of exterior materials needs to be certified. This includes
subcontractors, such as DeConstruction Services, LLC, which has
received their EPA Certification as a Lead-Safe a contractor in
Q. What does certification mean?
A. There are two types of certification. First, all contractor
companies must register with the EPA and certify that they will
use appropriate practices with properly trained individuals when
doing work in pre-1978 homes. The "lead-safe" designation on our
Home Page confirms that DeConstruction Services, LLC has
obtained this EPA certification. All our on-site supervisors for
renovation jobs also are certified in using lead-safe practices
and have completed an EPA-approved training program (including
passing an exam) on how to handle and remove lead paint covered
materials from your house during the deconstruction phase of the
Q. How do I know if DeConstruction Services, LLC is
A. The company and any trained individuals must be able to
produce certificates issued by the EPA indicating their
certification. We also are required to give you an EPA pamphlet
called "Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home."
Q. Even if a contractor is certified, how do I know if
he is following EPA guidelines?
A. Before any work has begun, the contractor is required to give
you an EPA pamphlet called "Protect Your Family from Lead in
Your Home." The pamphlet contains good introductory information
for all consumers. Every certified lead renovator/company must
test the job site at the end of the project by wiping
windowsills, uncarpeted floors and counter tops with a
disposable cleaning cloth. This cloth must meet the EPA visual
inspection standards for safety and must be saved as part of the
project documentation process and checklist. The homeowner will
be able to review this cloth and checklist to ensure that the
work was performed properly.
Q. Will these additional procedures add to the cost of
A. This will most likely increase the cost. But when you
consider the potential health hazards of not properly containing
and cleaning up lead, the costs can't compare to the health
ramifications associated with lead paint poisoning.
Q. Where can I get more information about this new lead
A. You may call DeConstruction Services, LLC at 703.280-1719, go
to the EPA's web site at www.epa.gov/lead, or the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development’s website at
www.hud.gov/lea, or call the National Lead Information Center at