Are you or your remodelers “lead safe certified” to handle lead based paint?

EPAs website for more details about Lead Based Paint –

3-30-2014: Paint samples are normally tested by Portable X-Ray Florescence (XRF) analyzers followed by analyzing the chips in a laboratory recognized by the EPA’s National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP). You can contact the NLIC at 1-800-424-LEAD, or

Also, a little insight from John Adams, Real Estate Advisor about the final implementation date of 4-22-2010 and other effective dates. –

Per the 3-27/28-2010 WSJ, Page A6, based on a regulation taking effect on 4-22-2010, if you hire a remodeler of a home built in 1978 or prior, they must be federally certified to handle lead based paint removal. Otherwise, your contractor (and maybe you based on your written contract with the contractor) will face a $37,000 daily fine. No waivers will be issued anymore to homeowners who verify there are no pregnant women or children under 6 years old – they closed that loophole.

And as you can guess, the federal government hasn’t certified more than 135 businesses and less than 14,000 individuals of the nearly 212,000 firms and 236,000 individual contractors the EPA has estimated that are needed. There haven’t been many training providers (job creation?) accredited to train the hundreds of thousand of contractors.

Can we call a South Park shenanigans yet?

Does this mean if you do it yourself, you don’t have to be certified? – Yes but….

Does this mean more people will perform the remodeling work themselves and not hire a professional, or just ignore the law and risk the $1,000’s in fines?

Does this mean work will come to a screeching halt because of the $37,000 daily fines of contractors who aren’t certified?

6-14-2011 Note:  After April 22, 2010, property owners who perform these projects in pre-1978 rental housing or space rented by child-care facilities must be certified and must follow the lead-safe work practices required by EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule.

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