Use Checklist to Document Lead Paint Work Practice Compliance

You may be doing renovation work in your building that may disturb lead-paint surfaces this season. Exposure to lead paint, of special concern in homes built before 1978, can cause permanent damage to the brain and nervous system, including behavior and learning problems. Young children are most susceptible.

Renovation companies—including property maintenance staff—are required to provide owners and the occupants of a building being renovated with a copy of records demonstrating compliance with the EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule’s training and work practice requirements.

This information must be delivered along with the final invoice for the renovation, or within 30 days of the completion of the renovation, whichever is earlier. This notification can be accomplished through the use of a checklist or form as long as they include all of the required information. For an example, click here.

For common area renovations, the renovation firm or property maintenance staff must provide the tenants “of the affected housing units” with instructions on how to review or obtain this information from the renovation firm at no charge. These instructions must be included in the notice provided to each affected apartment or on signs posted in the common areas. The EPA further requires that this “information should be provided in a short, easily read checklist or other form.”