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?
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.