A federal law effective April 2010 will require all contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in private homes, childcare facilities and schools built prior to 1978 to be certified in the prevention of lead contamination.
An Environmental Protection Agency document titled “What You Need to Know About Lead Poisoning” says that “Despite laws established in the 1970s to make people aware of the dangers of lead and its poisonous effects, lead poisoning in children remains a common, yet preventable, environmental health problem in the United States.”
Heavily-leaded paint is in about two-thirds of homes built prior to 1940 and half the homes built from 1940 to 1960, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which also says “some homes built after 1960 also contain heavily-leaded paint.”
The CPSC recommends that any homes built before the 1980s be tested for lead before renovating.
MAXIM Cleaning & Restoration is an EPA Certified Lead Renovator Firm.