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Lead-Based Paint Programs

 

What is lead and why is it harmful? 

Lead is a soft, bluish-gray metal that is highly toxic and all around us. It is an element that occurs naturally. It has a centuries-old history of many commercial and industrial uses. There is no known need for lead in human nutrition and even relatively small amounts of lead are dangerous. In children, especially children under 6 years in age, lead in the body can interfere with physical and mental development. In some cases the damage is permanent.
 
The most common source of lead is from paint in homes and buildings built before 1978.  Disturbance of lead-based paint could cause hazardous lead dust and chips which can be harmful to adults and children.
 
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authorized the Washington State Department of Commerce to administer two regulatory programs in Washington State.    These regulations protect the public from hazards of improperly conducted lead-based paint activities and renovations.  See below for brief program descriptions, then click on the program heading to view the specific program details.
 

Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program (RRP)

Commerce regulates certification, accreditation, enforcement and compliance for firms and individuals to use lead-safe work practices when working on pre-1978 homes or child-occupied facilities.  The regulations apply to training and certification requirements for individuals and firms and to accreditation requirements for training programs.

 

Lead-Based Paint Activities Program (Abatement)

Commerce regulates activities such as lead-paint abatement, lead paint inspections, lead paint risk assessments, and clearance testing on pre-1978 homes or child-occupied facilities.  The regulations apply to training and certification requirements for individuals and firms and to accreditation requirements for training programs.
Washington State Department of Commerce received a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide funding for the control of lead-based paint hazards.  This funding is available for low-income families’ homes and for training in lead-safe work practices, lead awareness, and for outreach education materials.  See below for a brief program description, then click on the program heading to view the specific details.
 
Commerce contracts with local agencies in your city or county that offer programs such as lead hazard control programs, and weatherization for low-income individuals.  Call a local agency near you to see if you qualify for these services.
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