Wisconsin's Lead-Safe Renovation Rule

The Lead-Safe Renovation Rule protects kids from poisonous lead paint dust that can be created during renovation work. Window removal, paint scraping, and remodeling are just a few examples of work covered by the rule.

Federal law banned lead from consumer paints starting in 1978. The rule applies to renovation work done in housing and child-occupied facilities built anytime before 1978.

The Department of Health Services (DHS) is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under its Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention in Certain Residential Structures rules (40 CFR Part 745), to implement the law in Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin-Specific Resources

State icon Select a topic below for information published by DHS that is specific to Wisconsin's Lead-Safe Renovation Rule.

Guidance Documents for Specific Professions

Choose the fact sheet for your profession to learn the basic requirements of the rule as it applies to your work:

Lead-Safe Renovation Training

Find a lead-safe renovation training provider. Once you complete the initial class, you'll be ready to apply for certification.

Using Lead Test Kits

Learn about using lead test kits. Test kits can be used to determine the presence of lead-based paint but they come with a lot of responsibility. Find out who may use a lead test kit and when, and what the requirements are when using them.

Videos of Lead-Safe Work

Watch videos of lead-safe renovation work. See what a real jobsite setup should look like. If you are a certified lead-safe renovator, use these videos as teaching tools for your company's uncertified employees.

Federal Resources

Select a federal agency below for its publications and resources related to renovation work.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Resources

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Resources

A step-by-step manual that illustrates the safety precautions needed when painting, doing maintenance, or renovating in homes built before 1978

The Guidelines offer helpful advice on renovations in older housing. They also outline what people who conduct the work have to do to work safely by describing how the work should be done.

On April 1, 2017, HUD-specific lead risk assessment and clearance requirements for dust-lead levels went into effect, and these levels apply only to HUD-funded properties. This document provides background information and guidance on the new requirements.

Frequently asked questions about Wisconsin's Lead-Safe Renovation Rule.

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Last Revised: February 9, 2021