My firm has signed a contract to replace the windows on a pre-1978 home. We have tested for the presence of lead based paint and found the results to be positive. However, the homeowner has already scraped and repainted their house but did not follow lead safe work practices. The result of their activity is paint chips scattered throughout the landscaping. How best should I proceed?
A firm working on a property that is already contaminated with paint chips, dust, debris and residue must proceed by containing the work area for the renovation, and complying with all cleaning requirements under the Rule for that work area. Paint chips, dust, debris and residue that fall within the work area must be eliminated. If paint chips, dust and debris exist beyond the work area, but were not a product of the firm's window replacement activities, EPA recommends that the firm document and keep record of the conditions.