New EPA Lead Safety Laws

The first in a series about lead. A link to the new EPA pamplet, Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools.

TigerOx Painting has maintained a Building Contractor's License in Minnesota for a number of years, which requires continuing education on topics like new building codes, legal issues for sub-contractors, and lead information. However, the lead information was never very good, and there was no federal standard. This left us in the uncomfortable position of really not knowing what to say when our customers asked us about lead. And questions about lead come up all the time, as they should. Exposure to lead during renovations is the leading cause of lead poisoning in children, and it's not so good for adults either. 


But new laws have recently been enacted concerning lead safety in renovations! The EPA now requires that the pamphlet, Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools, be given to homeowners in any renovation that affects more than a 2 x 2 foot square area of paint on a structure built before 1978. (Click title for link.) The previous government pamphlet more or less said "don't do any painting ever," which is not helpful. The new pamphlet is so much better, because it explains how to go about painting safely. There are now certified classes in lead abatement, and a certification process for contractors. TigerOx Painting could not be more excited about this; our days of mumbling and gesturing inarticulately are over. (Well, okay, those days are never over, but they are when it comes to lead.) Jeremy and Anders have both taken the new lead certification course, and our Lead-Safe Certification is now pending. We hope to write a couple more blog posts about the new safety standards. Stay tuned!


More information about lead can be found at www.epa.gov/lead.