Lead-Safe Renovation Rule Background/History - Questions and Answers
||What is the Lead-Safe Renovation Rule?
The Lead-Safe Renovation
Rule regulates renovation, repair and painting activities performed
for compensation in housing and child occupied facilities built prior
to 1978. These properties
may contain lead-based paint on building components (walls, doors,
windows, trim, siding, floors, etc.). Lead hazards are created when old paint is disturbed during
renovation, repair and painting activities. The rule has five main requirements:
must be provided to owners and occupants before work begins.
- Training and
- Use of
lead-safe work practices and cleaning techniques.
- Final cleaning
||Is the Lead-Safe Renovator Rule a state or federal
Wisconsin’s Lead-Safe Renovator Rule, DHS 163, is administered and enforced
by the WI Department of Health Services’ Asbestos & Lead
Section in the Division of Public Health.
Wisconsin’s rule is based on a federal EPA rule, 40 CFR Part 745, “Lead
Renovation, Repair and Painting Program” that was published on
April 22, 2008. On
October 20, 2009 EPA authorized the Wisconsin Department of Health
Services to administer and enforce the state rule in lieu of EPA
administering and enforcing the federal rule in Wisconsin
||When does the Lead-Safe Renovation Rule go into effect?
||Both the federal and the state rule went into
full effect on April 22, 2010. Beginning
on April 22nd, persons conducting regulated renovation
activities must be trained, certified and comply with work practice,
cleaning and recordkeeping requirements.
||Why does this rule apply to homes and child occupied facilities built
prior to 1978?
||Lead was banned from use in consumer paints in 1978.
Housing and facilities built before 1978 may contain
||Why is this rule important?
||This rule protects occupants, especially
children, from being exposed to lead-based paint hazards during and
after renovation, repair and painting activities that disturb
painted surfaces. Children
exposed to lead dust and debris run the risk of lead poisoning that
causes permanent injury and affects the child’s mental and
physical health, well-being and success throughout the life span.
Lead-Safe Renovation Rule apply to homeowners conducting renovation
activities on their own single-family residence?
No. The rule does not
apply to homeowners conducting renovation activities in their own
single-family residence if their home is occupied solely by the
owner and the owner’s immediate family.
Note: If an owner hires a contractor to
conduct renovation work on a pre-1978 home then training and
certification is required.
||If I am a
renovator what are my health concerns?
effects on adults not exposed as children (exit DHS)
- The toxic nature of lead is well
documented. Lead affects all organs and functions of the body to
varying degrees. The frequency and severity of symptoms among
exposed individuals depends upon the amount and duration of exposure. The list
below shows many of the key health effects in adults who have been
exposed to lead as adults.
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do I find out more information on the Lead-Safe Renovation Rule?
||Visit the Lead-Safe Wisconsin website,
lead, or call the
Asbestos and Lead Unit at 608-261-6876.
Overview of the Rule
(PDF, 1.9 MB)-
sessions on the Lead-Safe Renovation Rule for c,
trades, painters, rental property owners and the general public were
held throughout the state in January, February and March. Click on the
view the PowerPoint slide presentation from these sessions.
Legacy of Lead Report - The report reveals
the alarming scope of childhood lead poisoning in Wisconsin, discusses its causes and effects, and provides a
systematic plan to eliminate the problem.
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July 25, 2013