Overview of the Lead Safe Housing Rule
What is the Lead Safe Housing Rule?
The federal Lead Safe Housing Rule covers lead requirements pertaining to federally-owned housing and housing receiving federal assistance.
What types of federally assisted housing are covered under the Lead Safe Housing Rule?
The specific housing covered under the rule fall in two categories: pre-1978 housing receiving HUD or other federal assistance and pre-1978 federally owned housing or being sold. Specific types of assistance are covered in the following sections of the Rule:
- Subpart G: Multifamily Mortgage Insurance
- Subpart H: Project-Based Rental Assistance
- Subpart J: Rehabilitation
- Subpart K: Acquisition, Leasing, Support Services or Operation
- Subpart L: Public Housing
- Subpart M: Tenant-Based Rental Assistance
What resources are available to assist those covered under the Lead Safe Housing Rule?
In 2012, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) updated the Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing. According to HUD, the Guidelines
- Apply to lead hazard evaluation and control in all federally associated housing
- Offer helpful advice on renovations in older housing, lead-based paint inspections and risk assessments and where to go for help
- Outline what users have to do to meet requirements; identify training/certification required for people who conduct the work; and describe how the work should be done. Complementary regulations that have been issued by the EPA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and policies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Compliance with the Guidelines is not required by law. However, use of the Guidelines may be required by federal, state or local law or regulations or required by legal agreement.
The Table of Contents for the Guidelines:
- Chapter 1 – Introduction
- Chapter 2 – Where to Go for Help
- Chapter 3 – Planning
- Chapter 4 – LBP and Housing Renovation
- Chapter 5 – Risk Assessment and Reevaluation
- Chapter 6 – Ongoing LBP Maintenance
- Chapter 7 – LBP Inspection
- Chapter 8 – Resident Protection and Worksite Preparation
- Chapter 9 – Worker Protection
- Chapter 10 – Housing Waste
- Chapter 11 – Interim Controls
- Chapter 12 – Abatement
- Chapter 13 – Abatement by Encapsulation
- Chapter 14 – Cleaning Throughout Hazard Controls
- Chapter 15 – Clearance
- Chapter 16 – Investigation and Treatment of Housing with EBL Children
- Chapter 17 – Reserved
- Chapter 18 – LBP and Historic Preservation
You may also download the entire Guidelines document from the HUD website.
How can I get answers to questions about the Lead Safe Housing Rule?
The National Lead Information Center (NLIC) provides the general public and professionals with information about lead hazards and their prevention. To call and speak with a specialist, use 1-800-424-5323 (LEAD).