Lead Hazards

Lead paint–often used on woodwork in older homes–becomes a health risk when it peels or chips and when it is damaged by years of opening doors and windows or disturbed by renovations.  To prevent lead poisoning, for all homes built before 1978, property owners must disclose potential risks by giving  tenants the ProtectYourFamilyFromLead booklet (for Spanish ProtectYourFamilyFromLead_Spanish) and the rentdisclosure form stating whether lead risks have been reported (with copies of reports) or the owner does not know if there are lead risks.  (Sellers must also do this disclosure to potential buyers.)

Repairs, remodeling, or re-painting must be done using Lead Safe Work Practices; give occupants the renovaterightbrochure booklet and watch the Don’tSpreadLead video to see the safe way to work on older homes!   For more information about the new EPA Renovation, Remodeling, and Painting Rule, read RRPrequirements and RRPSummary0309.

ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! Planning to repair or paint a home built before 1978? Because many older homes have lead paint under the newer layers of paint, North Carolina has a new Renovation, Remodeling, and Painting Rule (RRP) that went into effect January 1, 2010.  The basic requirements are 1) Warn occupants by giving the booklet “Renovate Right”  (which you can download renovaterightbrochure) and posting signs to keep people out of the work area. 2) Contain the work area to keep dust from spreading in the home and surrounding neighborhood. 3) Don’t use machine sanders, heat guns, or torches.  4) Safely store and transportwaste from the work area. 5) Clean the work area until no dust or residue remains. Workers must be certified to do this work in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities. To get certification training, visit http://www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/asbestos/healthaz.htmlfor a list of approved training providers.