California EPA Regulations for Lead Based Paint Removal

06 Aug California EPA Regulations for Lead Based Paint Removal

Paint and ToolsI attended an educational seminar given by Steve Cunningham of Benjamin Moore Paints.  The purpose of the seminar was to further the knowledge of interior designers about the chemical formulation of paint as it relates to our health and to the ever-changing regulations set forth by the California EPA.  (I am including a brief synopsis of Lead Based Paint Rules for Remodelers Effective April 2010.)  It is good for you to be aware of the guidelines your contractor must follow in order to ensure your safety with regard to lead paint contamination.

California EPA Regulations:

Lead Based Paint Rules for Remodelers Effective April 2010:

Beginning April 22, 2010, the EPA’s rules regarding lead renovation, repair and painting in the remodeling of homes where lead-based paint may be present will go into effect. Under the rules, contractors performing work that disturbs lead-based paint in housing, childcare facilities and schools built before 1978 must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Those practices include posting warning signs for occupants and visitors; using disposable plastic drop cloths; cleaning the work area with HEPA vacuuming and wet washing. Most importantly, the rules require that contractors be certified in lead removal through a training course.

Do You Have “Poopy Walls”??

On a lighter note, here’s something I bet you didn’t know! Have you ever been to someone’s house where there are freshly painted walls and noticed a peculiar odor. It may be that they have “poopy walls!” I am only half kidding here.  Paint contains cellulosic thickeners, and when first applied, it is wet and therefore, acts as a food to tiny microbes which may be clinging to your walls–and we all know that what goes in— eventually must come out!

So take the time to wash your walls thoroughly with a biocide such as a solution of bleach and water or an organic cleaner such as Simple Green.  In the long run, you’ll be glad you did!