Can a homeowner use an EPA-recognized test kit to check for lead-based paint?
A number of lead test kits are available for consumer purchase in most retail hardware stores, however, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states that consumers should exercise caution when using these test kits to evaluate consumer products for potential lead exposures. See http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml08/08038.html.
To test for lead-based paint in your home, EPA recommends that you hire a certified inspector or risk assessor. For determining whether lead-based paint is present in pre-1978 housing and childcare facilities that are subject to renovation, repair and painting regulations, EPA has recognized three test kits, but recognition only applies to use by Lead-Safe Certified renovators.