Controlling Lead Hazards in Your Property: Best Practices
- If you own and/or manage pre-1978 property, enroll in the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) training, get employees trained and have your firm certified with the EPA. Use only lead safe work practices and contractors with RRP credentials.
- Retain all records pertaining to lead-related activities including disclosure, pre-renovation education, lead inspections, lead clearance testing, regular maintenance activities and all renovation/repair/painting jobs covered under RRP.
- Ask tenants to report any conditions, such as peeling paint and water leaks, which could result in a lead hazard.
- Have a lead inspection or risk assessment of your property to determine the extent of lead-based paint and lead hazards. You can find lead professionals in your area in the database of the Ohio Lead Poisoning Prevention Program by clicking on Search Lead Database and Lists.
- Find out if your city or county has a HUD Lead grant by consulting OHHN’s Directory of Lead, Home Repair and Healthy Housing Resources. Be aware rental owners are usually asked to contribute to the cost of removing lead hazards.
If your property has been inspected by a state licensed professional, and has no lead-based paint, or you have removed the lead hazards and the property has passed a clearance examination, let prospective tenants know that the property has been made “lead safe”. Provide inspection and/or clearance reports to tenants.