Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978. Adults and children can get lead into their bodies by breathing in lead dust (especially during activities such as renovations, repairs, or painting), swallowing lead dust that settles on food, food preparation surfaces, floors, window sills, and other places, or eating paint chips or soil that contains lead. EPA requires individuals and firms who perform abatement or renovation, repair, and painting projects in pre-1978 target housing and child-occupied facilities to be certified and follow specific work practices. The National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323) or epa.gov/lead/nlic can tell you how to contact your state, local, and/or tribal programs or get general information about lead poisoning prevention. For more Lead Safety Documents and Outreach materials, visit www.epa.gov/lead.
RRP Rule- Child-Occupied Facility Information Bulletin (pdf) (June 24, 2022)
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