WALDO gives access to
general information on a property's compliance with the state's standards
on lead-based paint. Another feature is its use as a directory
in locating lead inspectors and related service providers by
region. The history and purpose of WALDO is explained below.
Department of Health Services developed WALDO in response to a
law called 1999 Wisconsin Act 113. This Act revised Subch. II of Ch.
254, Wis. Stats. Also, it encourages property
owners to eliminate hazards from lead-based paint by bringing their
properties into compliance with statewide standards. It is intended
to reduce the incidence of childhood lead poisoning and improve the
condition of housing stock in Wisconsin.
older the property, the more likely that lead-based paint is
present. Lead was put into paint because it increases durability and
longevity. Homes built before 1950 pose the highest risk. Lead
in paint was banned in 1978 because many children were being
paint is a potential health hazard, particularly for young children.
In fact, deteriorated or damaged lead-based paint is the primary cause of
childhood lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can cause growth, behavior
and learning problems in children. The effects of lead poisoning
cannot be reversed and the damage may be permanent.
lead inspectors and risk assessors will register properties into WALDO
following a successful investigation. The property owner is then
issued a certificate at the lead-safe or lead-free level.
lead-free certificate means an inspection was conducted, which includes
collecting paint and dust wipe samples that were tested for lead.
The samples are taken from different interior and exterior painted
surfaces, including floors, doors, stairs, windows, and trim. If no
lead-based paint was found, the property is registered into WALDO as
lead-safe certificate does not include collecting paint samples unless the
property owner wants the paint tested. All paint is treated as
lead-based paint unless proven to be lead-free. The certified lead
hazard investigator or risk assessor evaluates the property looking for
potential lead-based paint hazards. The hazards include damaged
paint, paint chips, dust, and situations that might cause paint to
deteriorate. These situations include active water leaks, moisture
damage, non-working downspouts and gutters, or windows, doors, and drawers
that damage paint when opened or closed. If the property passes the
investigation a lead-safe certificate will be issued for a period of 9
months to 20 years.
You may want to use WALDO to find if a
property is registered as lead-safe or lead-free if you meet one or more
of the following:
purchasing a home built before 1978.
You have young
children and rent an apartment in an older building.
Your child attends day care in
an older home or building.