In 1978, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the use of lead-based paint in housing. It is estimated that 38 million housing units (40% of all housing units) in the US still contain some lead-based paint that was applied prior to the ban.*
Lead is a highly toxic metal that affects practically all systems within the body. At high levels, it can cause convulsions, coma, and even death. Lower levels of lead can adversely affect the brain, central nervous system, blood cells, and kidneys.
Lead is especially damaging to children under age six. Ingestion of lead dust, which comes from deteriorating paint or during renovation activities such as sanding, cutting, and demolition, usually happens when children get lead dust on their hands and then touch their mouths.
In April 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented new, stricter regulations requiring that contractors who disturb painted surfaces in buildings built prior to 1978 to be RRP certified (Renovation, Repair, and Painting) and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
It is important that lead abatement contractors receive proper training. The EPA has the authority to issue fines of up to $37,500 per day and can seek jail time for willful violations.
Jon-Don periodically offers Lead RRP certification courses throughout the year, however, to find another accredited renovation training program near you, visit www.epa.gov. Jon-Don has a wide selection of products and tools for proper lead abatement. From testing kits to HEPA vacuums, drywall saw attachments and lead wipes, Jon-Don is your source for lead abatement supplies.
* Source: National Survey of Lead and Allergens by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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