Testing

Are renovators required to conduct a lead test before working on a pre-1978 home or child-occupied facility?

The renovator can either assume the presence of lead or conduct a lead test using an EPA-approved test kit.

Is a clearance examination or test required after the renovation work has been completed?

If the housing does not receive federal assistance, RRP certified renovators use a cleaning verification procedure that uses a wet, disposable cleaning cloth to clean the renovation area. The renovator compares the cloth visually to a special cleaning verification card (note: these cards can be ordered from the EPA by calling the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323).

If the housing does receive federal assistance, then a clearance test is required. Under Ohio law, “Clearance examination” means an examination to determine whether the lead hazards in a residential unit, child care facility, or school have been sufficiently controlled. A clearance examination includes a visual assessment, collection, and analysis of environmental samples” (see Ohio Revised Code 3742.01).

EPA has developed a checklist to help renovators maintain compliance on the cleaning verification procedure and other issues.

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