Lead has been added to paint since at least the 4th century B.C. It was banned from being in public and residential structures by the Consumer Products Safety Commission in 1977 with the main concern being a toxicity hazard, especially in children, when lead is inhaled or ingested. There are specific rules for abating the lead paint hazard for child-occupied facilities, as laid out by the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). We don’t do many lead abatement projects on campus, because we do not have many child occupied facilities that are likely to contain lead based paint. Regardless of whether work is being done in child occupied facilities or not, contractors working on campus are subject to Lead Based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rules issued by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. You can learn more about RRP here.
You may encounter lead based paint during routine renovation or demolition projects around campus. If so, the best plan of action is to contact us for a consultation.