Frequent Questions

Does EPA require inspectors, risk assessors, dust sampling techs, or anyone who performs LBP and/or lead dust sampling to document any visible LBP deterioration on components and estimate the surface area of deteriorating paint during a lead evaluation?

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Do EPA’s current rules require inspectors, risk assessors, dust sampling technicians, or any individual who performs lead-based paint and/or lead dust sampling to document any visible lead-based paint deterioration on components and estimate the surface area of deteriorating paint during a lead evaluation?

 Answer

It depends on the type of evaluation being done. The work practice standards at 40 C.F.R. 745.227 provide instructions for addressing deteriorated lead-based paint during lead hazard screens, risk assessments, and post-abatement clearance activities. Inspections only examine the presence of lead-based paint and do not consider deterioration. Instructions for dust sampling technicians performing optional post-renovation clearance are provided at 40 C.F.R. 745.90. 

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