NEW POLICY BEGINNING JULY 1, 2013: Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains high levels of lead (lead-based paint). Lead from paint, chips and dust can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly. Deteriorating lead-based paint surfaces can be peeling, chipping, chalking or damaged. The deterioration is a hazard and will be cited during the course of an Housing Quality Standards Inspection. All RACB inspectors have undergone intense, detailed training in regards to lead-based paint.
Owners are expected to correct cited paint deficiencies. If there is a child (or children) in the unit under the age of 6, it may be required that a lead paint stabilization and clearance test be performed.
Lead Paint Stabilization requires that the work be performed by someone who has successfully completed the approved EPA course on lead paint stabilization. These are persons who have had training in how to work safely and had the equipment to clean up thoroughly. After the stabilization takes place, clearance testing will confirm that lead dust levels are at acceptable levels.
The costs associated with clearance testing must be borne by the owner of the property. The owners are free to utilize any certified contractor they choose.
A Lead Paint Owner's Certification form is required for all inspections with paint issues. You can print out the certification form and fax it to our office by clicking on the following link. Certification Form