Changes in Lead Based Paint Regulations

Thursday, April 15, 2010

To further reduce exposure to lead paint, on Aprill 22, 2010 the Environmental Protection Agency will be enforcing a new federal law requiring all contractors “performing renovation, repair or painting projects that disturb lead based paint… to be certified and to follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.”

Lead paint is a highly toxic substance, particularly dangerous to the still-developing nervous systems of children as well to pregnant women.  The first lead-based paint laws were enacted in 1978, banning their use in homes.  In 1996, additional laws were implemented requiring information on the home be made available before purchase, rental or renovation of pre-1978 houses.

 

We here at Lakeside Painting, Inc.—serving the southeastern Wisconsin area—have always employed painters trained in the handling and removal of lead-based paint.  Many contractors will try to avoid becoming certified as the process is expensive and detailed, therefore selecting the right company is critical and not a decision to be taken lightly.  Lakeside Painting president and owner Joe Pangburn places great emphasis on safety and faithfulness to the law when handling and removing lead-based paints; which is why he himself is also EPA certified.

 

To learn more about lead-based paints and government regulations, visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm.

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