Lead Laws and Regulations

Laws and regulations have been enacted to prevent lead exposures to home occupants, neighbors and workers. In general, it’s good to: 

Click on the titles listed below to learn more about regulations that may apply to your situation.

  1. Contractor / Painter / Maintenance worker
  2. Owner / Occupant / Homeowner /  TENANT  Conducting home improvements
  3. Rental Property Owner Conducting repairs
  4. Property Managers Conducting repairs
  5. Medical Provider
  6. Consumer

Click to view the HUD Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-based Paint in Housing | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

California Health & Safety Code, and Housing Law
Title X, TSCA 406(b)The Lead-Based Paint Pre-Renovation Regulation: Does It Apply to You? | US EPA

The Lead Disclosure Rule | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

California Health and Safety Code, and State Housing Law
State codes and laws now make existing lead hazards, or creating a lead hazard, a violation subject to fines and/or imprisonment. This means that pre-1978 homes should be maintained so that they are lead-safe, with the paint intact. It also means that if you are conducting activities that disturb painted surfaces on a pre-1978 building, you must take steps to contain the paint chips and dust. There are also some prohibited renovation activities. CA Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Statutes and Regulations

Assembly Bill 2861 increased the penalty for failing to cease an activity that creates a lead hazard after receiving an order of violation. 

California Labor Code Sections 6716 to 6717 provides for the establishment of standards that protect the health and safety of employees who engage in lead-related construction work, including construction, demolition, renovation, and repair. Lead-Related Activities in Construction Work

California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Chapter 4, Section 1532.1. Lead Construction Safety Orders. Worker protection requirements for employees conducting lead-related construction activities.

California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Chapter 8, Section 35001 et seq. Requirements for lead hazard evaluation and abatement activities, accreditation of training providers, and certification of individuals engaged in lead-based paint activities. Accreditation, Certification and Work Practices for Lead-Based Paint and Lead Hazards

Lead Based Paint Debris disposal. California EPA requires that presumed (pre-1978) lead-based paint chips and dust be disposed of as hazardous waste.
Hazardous Waste - Recology Humboldt County: Eureka

The EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule requires, with some exceptions, that anyone who is conducting work for compensation that disturbs painted surfaces in pre-1978 housing to become an EPA Certified Renovator with training in lead-safety to contain paint chips and dust, work lead-safe, and clean-up all work areas. Companies must be certified by the EPA as well. For additional information, visit epa.gov/getleadsafe. Click here to watch a video.

Rental property owners doing work on their properties or with maintenance crews may also need to be RRP-certified. Property managers can also be subject to the RRP Rule. Find out more at epa.gov/lead/renovation-repair-and-painting-program-property-managers