Lead Paint Management

Lead was widely used as an additive in paints and other surface coatings until its use was banned by the federal government in 1978.  Lead based paint (LBP) may still be present in pre-1978 homes and building.  When properly managed and maintained in good condition, the LBP poses little hazard. However, deteriorating LBP (peeling, chipping, cracking, etc.) and LBP dust and debris can pose a hazard, and must be prevented and addressed immediately.  Several regulations have been established to protect workers and building occupants from LBP hazards and the University has conservative protocols in place to comply with these regulations and safely manage LBP in University buildings.

Demolition, maintenance and renovation activities that involve LBP or other lead containing materials may only be conducted in a manner that adequately protects workers and limits the generation and migration of lead containing dust and debris.  EHSS is available to assist in identifying actions necessary to protect workers and to conduct LBP activities as safely as possible and in compliance with applicable regulations.  EHSS will also coordinate LBP sampling and manage lead waste disposal.

EHSS has developed a Lead Based Paint Compliance Program for Residential and Childcare Facilities to guide affected University departments in complying with EPA’s and HUD’s LBP rules and regulations.  The program outlines key requirements that must be adhered to when managing or disturbing known or presumed lead-based paint (LBP) in residential houses and apartments (target housing) and childcare facilities.