For many years, a toxic metal called lead was used in paint and other household products. Lead has been proven to affect the health of humans, children in particular. In recognition of this health risk, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has placed restrictions on renovations of “lead homes.” According to www.epa.gov/lead, “beginning April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built in or before 1978. All contractors must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
EPA requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by EPA and that they use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices. Individuals can become certified renovators by taking an eight-hour training course from an EPA-approved training provider.”
If your home was built in or before 1978 and you’d like to renovate, make sure you’re dealing with a lead-certified contractor. This is a federal mandate – no monkey business. Remember: if you have any doubts, tell the contractor to SHOW YOU IN WRITING!