Archive for October 4th, 2016

Attention Contractors–You Need to Be EPA Lead Certified

Lead certification renewal course

Lead paint continues to be a major issue in the United States. It is estimated that three-quarters of America’s homes still contain lead. For this reason, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has mandated that contractors have professional lead certification training to become EPA lead certified. Furthermore, they must also engage in EPA lead certification renewal or refresher courses.

Older Buildings and The Presence of Lead

Lead-based paints used prior to World War II, contained upwards of 40% lead, which was measured by dry weight. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has provided a breakdown of the percentage of older buildings that still contain lead paint:

    Pre-1940 buildings: 90%
    Pre-1960 buildings: 80%
    Pre-1978 build

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