Lead Based Paint

Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.

To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning April 9, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.  The new requirements may increase the cost of renovating a home or child-occupied commercial building that was built before 1978.

The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) has developed some very short video FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) about various aspects of how this applies to you. 

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is administering, manging, educating and policing the program in the State of Kansas.  For more detailed information on the new requirements, please click here.   These booklets are also available (as many as you require) from KDHE or at your local paint store.

EPA’s Booklet: Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home

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