Something that homeowners—as well as home improvement professionals—need to be aware of are the new federal lead paint regulations that go into effect in April, 2010. This is a topic that has not received much attention in the media. It applies to homes built prior to 1978 to which renovations are being made, and it has to do with the removal or modification of painted surfaces. If a painted surface in a pre-1978 home is to be disturbed in a way that produces dust, the new regulations will likely apply. A number of home renovations—including window and door replacement—may result in dust from lead paint.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has a very good web site with details about the new regulations. http://nhl.gov/offices/lead/training/rrp/rrp.cfm There is also an excellent document—Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools—about the regulations that you can download there.
Information for home improvement companies is also included on this web site. See the PDF called “Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right EPA’s Lead-Based Repair, and Painting Program.” It covers what remodelers need to know and do regarding the new legislation.
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