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Lead-Safe Remodeling and Painting

Managing Lead Hazards

Remodeling, renovation, and routine maintenance are all activities that can create lead hazards. Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer, property owner, property manager, or professional contractor, it is important for you to know about, and to practice lead-safe work practices methods when remodeling, painting or performing maintenance on homes built before 1978.

As a general rule, the older the home, the greater the chance that it will have lead based paint. Structures built before 1950 frequently have a good deal of lead paint. However, lead was added to house paint until 1978 when the Consumer Product Safety Commission restricted the amount of lead that can be added to paint.

Lead-Safe Remodeling is Important for:

Do-It-Your-Selfers

  • Protect your property, your health and your family
  • Property owners protect your investment and avoid liability

Remodeling Professionals 

  • Avoid liability and protect your good business name
  • Promote a 'value-added' service

Property Managers

  • Protect your property
  • Maintain livability and avoid liability

Schools and Child Care Providers

  • Protect children in your care
  • Avoid liability
  • Keep parent trust

We have also developed a booklet entitled Lead-Safe Remodeling (pdf)that provides detailed information about how to perform lead-safe remodeling and renovation. 

For information on testing your home, see EPA's brochure Testing Your Home for Lead in Paint, Dust, and Soil (pdf). If you are interested in hiring a certified lead-based paint inspector or risk assessor to test your home, please see the Certified Company list. (pdf)

Certified lead inspectors and assessors are required to send environmental lead samples to a  National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP) ( EXIT to EPA) . These labs have demonstrated the ability to accurately analyze paint chip, dust, or soil samples for lead. For more information on the National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program ( EXIT to EPA).

Notification requirements for remodelers, landlords and tenants

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all contractors or landlords working on homes built before 1978 to provide consumers and tenants with pre-renovation notification concerning the hazards of lead-based paint. This regulation requires that contractors or landlords provide clients with the EPA's pamphlet  "Renovate Right". (pdf) The contractor or landlord must also have the client sign a form documenting that the pamphlet was received. For more information on the pre-renovation rule see the pre-renovation fact sheet (pdf) and the confirmation of receipt forms (pdf). The Oregon Health Authority can also provide you with more information on the Pre-Renovation Rule or lead-safe remodeling techniques.

For more information download the following brochures:

Lead Awareness for Landlords (pdf)(pdf)

Lead Awareness for Tenants | Spanish (pdf) | Russian) (pdf) | Vietnamese (pdf)

See our educational materials page for more information on working lead-safe and preventing lead poisoning.

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