Government regulations, such as the U.S. EPA-issued Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, have increased public awareness of the need for lead paint testing. Lead poisoning is a well-known health threat to children, but lead exposure can cause serious issues for adults as well, including high blood pressure and dementia. Environmental professionals involved in demolition, renovation, or repair projects are particularly vulnerable to inhaling dust contaminated with lead or other toxins such as Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) metals.
Lead in Paint, Dust and Soil
Title IV of the toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as well as other authorities in the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, directs EPA to regulate lead-based paint hazards. Read about EPA regulations on lead in paint, dust and soil.
Residential Lead-based Paint Disclosure Program (Section 1018 of Title X): This requires that potential buyers and renters of housing built prior to 1978 receive certain information about lead and lead hazards in the residence prior to becoming obligated to buy or rent, and provides the opportunity for an Independent Lead Inspection for buyers. See Link for Copy of Disclosure https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/selr_eng.pdf
Does this regulation apply to me?
Before ratification of a contract for housing sale or lease, sellers and landlords must disclose any known information concerning potential lead-based paint hazards and available records, must provide purchasers and lessees with a lead hazard information pamphlet, and must include specific language in the lease or contract related to lead. In addition, sellers must give buyers time to conduct a lead inspection. Most private housing, public housing, federally-owned housing, and housing receiving federal assistance built prior to 1978 are affected by this rule.
The information provided is directly from the U.S. EPA website on Lead-Based Paint Hazards.
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BEWARE: There are many home inspectors which will claim they can inspect for lead-paint. EPA only recognizes anyone including a home inspector whom is licensed Lead-based Paint Inspector or the higher certification of Lead-based Paint Risk Assessor. The home inspector can be fined several thousand of dollars if not licensed. In other words, just because you are a Licensed Florida Home Inspector does not mean you can perform Lead-based Paint Inspections to include sampling and taking it to a lab.