According to the CDC, more than 24 million homes in the U.S. have deteriorated lead paint and contaminated dust. In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency implemented a Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule. This rule applies to homes, apartments, and children-occupied commercial facilities built before 1978. If your job requires more than 6 square feet interior or 20 square feet exterior paint or involves replacing any window, the contractor has an option for testing for lead. If it tests positive, the contractor will continue to work using lead-safe practices for their employees and your households’ safety. To save time, the contractor can skip the test altogether and proceed as if the surface does contain lead.
Lead is a toxic metal and is hazardous mostly to children, but is also harmful to adults. At Sport Nobles Construction, we take pride in not only providing safe job sites for your household, but safe work environments for our employees. Although lead testing is an extra cost, you cannot put a price on health and safety. For more information about lead go to http://www2.epa.gov/lead.