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Protecting Your Association from Lead-Based Hazards

What is lead?

Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead also can be emitted into the air from motor vehicles and industrial sources, and can enter drinking water from plumbing materials. This toxic metal is a public health concern; it is linked to behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and death. Children six years old and under are most at risk. The most common sources of lead poisoning are:

Hiring a Professional Lead Abatement Contractor

What does an Abatement Contractor Do?

A lead abatement contractor certified by the California Department of Health Services (DHS) will notify OSHA, erect the proper containments, use the proper removal equipment under the required conditions, and properly dispose of the lead-based paint material. This ensures the safety of building residents as well as a safe working environment for the workers performing the renovation/repairs.

New Lead Paint Laws Impact HOAs

Fresh on the heels of the recent pool and spa safety act comes a new Federal rule aimed at reducing lead poisoning. The law targets all contractors working on homes (including common interest developments) built before 1978. Although originally passed in 2008, the major provisions of the rule were delayed until this year. As of July, the entire rule is in full effect.

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