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Reporting Unsafe Lead-based Paint Work Practices


Lead dust from household paint is the most common cause of lead poisoning. Homes built before 1978 may contain lead-based paint. In general, the older the home is, the more likely it is to have lead-based paint. Remodeling, renovation and routine maintenance are all activities that can create and spread large amounts of dangerous lead dust.

The Lead-Based Paint Program actively enforces violations of unsafe work practices. Program staff follow up on all tips and complaints.

The following unsafe work practices may create lead hazards:

  • Open flame burning or torching
  • Machine sanding and grinding without containing the dust and debris (containment)
  • Hydro blasting and pressure washing without containment
  • Abrasive and sand blasting without containment
  • Dry sanding and scraping without containment

To file a complaint or to report unsafe work practices

  • PHONE: Oregon Lead-Based Paint Program at 971-673-0440
  • Call the LeadLine (a toll free phone service) at 1-800-368-5060

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