Renovator Corner - Lead-Safe Work Practices - Questions and Answers

Q:  Does the certified Lead-Safe Renovator have to be on the job site all the time?
A: The certified Lead-Safe Renovator needs to be on the job site to do on-the-job training (if needed), and at all times during containment set up, posting of warning signs, final cleaning and must personally conduct the final cleaning verification.  If certified Lead-Safe Renovators need to leave the job site at other times, they must be available by phone and have the ability to return to the job site within a reasonable time, approximately 30 minutes.
Q:  Can I use a shop vacuum for cleaning up interior work?
A:  Commercial grade HEPA vacuums must be used for interior clean-up. Shop vacuums designed for and fitted with both a HEPA filter and a drywall bag may be used to clean up bare soil, mulch and grassy areas on exterior work sites.
Q: Can I test for lead with a chemical test kit?
A:

As of June 27, 2012, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services has recognized the 3M™ LeadCheck™ test kit for use to determine the presence of lead-based paint as described in the RRP rule.  As of July 15, 2013, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services has recognized the ESCA Tech D-Lead or Klean-Strip D-Lead test kits for use to determine the presence of lead-based paint as described in the RRP rule.  ONLY the certified lead safe renovator may use a test kit and only at the request of the owner.  To learn more about this test kit, its limitations, and the Department's requirements for test kit use.

Q:  If I am not a certified Lead-Safe Renovator will I be able to pull a building permit? 
A:  You will need to check with your local permit office.
Q: Who is enforcing this rule?
A: The Department of Health Services, Asbestos and Lead Section.
Q: Can plastic used for renovation work be recycled after the job is finished?
A No, Plastic used in lead renovation projects is not appropriate for recycling because it must be considered contaminated with lead dust.
Last Revised: November 25, 2014