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Federal Regulations and Guidelines for Lead

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There are cases where the State Statute and Administrative Rule are more stringent than the Federal Regulations for the definition of a lead hazard. In those cases, follow the stricter standard.

Standards for Lead-based Paint Hazard Reduction

The Residential Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act (Title 10) outlines a comprehensive federal strategy for reducing lead paint hazard exposure. The act is often referred to as Title X because it was enacted as Title X of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992 (Public Law 102–550). Title 10 and other regulations can be found on the EPA website.

HUD Technical Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing (http://www.hud.gov/offices/lead/healthyhomes/lead.cfm) commonly known as the Guidelines were issued pursuant to Section 1017 of Title X. They are based on the concepts, definitions, and requirements set forth by Congress in Title X. The Guidelines provide detailed, comprehensive, technical information on how to identify lead-based paint hazards in housing and how to control such hazards safely and efficiently.

An amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to include Title IV Lead Exposure Reduction http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/15/ch53schIV.html) provided for the authority to define hazardous levels of lead in paint, dust and soil can be founded on the EPA website

Standards for Lead in the Workplace

Federal workplace standards for occupations related to lead can be found at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/lead/index.html. these standards are developed and enforced by the U.S. Occupational Safety Health Administration.

Standards for Lead in Drinking Water

Frequently asked questions about lead in drinking water, and links to the federal on the Safe Drinking Water Act can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/water.htm.

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