Knowing how to determine if lead-based paint is present should be a staple for any renovation supervisor. Understanding the toxic effects of lead based paint is critical for anyone associated with renovations in old houses. With lead being found on or in houses built as late as 1990. Testing for lead on any surface that will be renovated is required for any house built prior to 1978. Recent studies suggest lead in any amount is toxic to the human body! Our free safety article on how to determine if lead is present will give you the background information you need to properly test for lead based paint.
Lead-based paint can only be identified by testing paint and testing must be performed prior to renovation on all surfaces to be affected by the work, or you must presume the paint is lead-based. Any testing must be performed by the appropriate qualified professional. Here is a quick guide for paint testing:
|Type of Paint Testing for Renovations||Who can do the testing?|
|EPA-recognized test kits||Certified Renovators|
|X-Ray Fluorescence instruments||Certified lead-based paint inspectors or risk assessors|
|Paint chip sampling||Certified Renovators, Inspector or Risk Assessor|
Results of testing only apply to the work if the surfaces covered by the renovation are covered by the testing report. A property owner may provide a report from a Certified Lead Inspector/Risk Assessor that proves no lead-based paint is present, in lieu of testing affected surfaces. If no testing result is available, test the paint or presume lead-based paint is present.
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