Lead Paint Safety

 

What is lead paint?

You need to change a window in your 50-year old home. As an informed homeowner, you know that disturbing the paint in an older home may expose your family to lead poisoning. So your research adventure begins…

Lead paint or lead-based paint, is a paint containing lead. Lead is added to paint to speed up drying, increase durability, maintain a fresh appearance, and resist moisture that causes rotting and corrosion.

What is lead poisoning and who is at risk of becoming lead poisoned?

Lead poisoning is a disease. It is most dangerous for children under six years of age. It can cause permanent harm to young children’s brain, kidneys, nervous system and red blood cells. Even at low levels, lead in children’s bodies can slow growth and cause learning and behavior problems. Young children are more easily and more seriously poisoned than others, but older children and adults can become lead poisoned too. Lead in the body of a pregnant woman can hurt her baby before birth and cause problems with the pregnancy. Adults who become lead poisoned can have problems having children, and can have high blood pressure, stomach problems, nerve problems, memory problems and muscle and joint pain.

What kind of homes are more likely to have lead paint?

In 1978, the United States government banned lead from house paint. Lead paint can be found in all types of homes built before 1978: single-family and multi-family; homes in cities, suburbs or the countryside; private housing or state or federal public housing. The older the home, the more likely it is to have lead paint. The older the paint, the higher its lead content is likely to be.

Rules and regulations on lead paint

In 2010 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) instituted a Federal regulation called the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP). The RRP requires any contractor who disturbs lead paint to become EPA-certified and follow strict protocol to minimize and contain lead dust during improvement projects on homes built before 1978.

When does the RRP most come into effect?

Federal law requires contractors to follow the RRP if they disturb more than 6 square feet of interior paint or 20 square feet of exterior paint. The basic principle requires them to contain the area completely, allow no debris to escape, and clean up thoroughly when the job is done.

Bright Painting Certification

Bright Painting is fully EPA licensed and RRP compliant. The safety of you, your family and our staff members is our priority. Working safely where lead paint is present is achieved by minimizing exposure to lead paint chips and dust through proper containment and thorough cleaning practices. We have trained all of our crews and invested in state of the art containment equipment. All of our painters are certified to work safely where lead paint is present. If you have any questions about the disturbance of lead in your next renovation, please feel free to contact us. However we also highly recommend doing your own research only and provided helpful links below.

 

For more information on lead paint please visit the following site:

http://www2.epa.gov/lead/renovation-repair-and-painting-program

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