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Lead Information and Resources

Lead is a toxic metal that can be found in air, dust, paint and soil. If absorbed into the body, lead may cause a range of health issues, including damage to the brain and other vital organs such as the kidneys, nerves and blood. Lead may also cause behavioral problems and learning disabilities. Children six years old and younger are most at risk of developing these health issues.

Lead poisoning prevention is a priority health and safety issue in the State of New York and NYS Homes and Community Renewal/nyhomes staff continues to take a lead role in informing the public on the topic. The web links below provide guidance to contractors, renovators, homeowners, tenants, landlords and property managers regarding compliance under the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) lead Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule (RRP) that requires anyone who is paid to perform work that disturbs paint in housing and child occupied facilities built before 1978 be trained and certified by the EPA. Various other links regarding legal and regulatory guidance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and lead safety are also provided for your use.

Since these links are to be used only as a source of information, you should seek professional advice from the applicable agency or your medical practitioner, as appropriate.

Lead Safe Home Repair for Contractors/Renovators, Homeowners/Tenants and Landlords/Property Managers

Contractors/Renovators

New York State Department of Health - Lead Tips for Contractors

http://www.nyhealth.gov/publications/2597.pdf

U.S. Department of Energy - Lead Safe Work Practices for Weatherization Agencies

http://www.waptac.org/Health-and-Safety/Lead-Paint.aspx

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

- HUD vs. EPA Lead Rules

http://www.hud.gov/offices/lead/library/lead/rrp_lshr_guidance.pdf

- HUD Lead Grantee Questions on the EPA's RRP Rule

http://www.hud.gov/offices/lead/library/lead/QAs_RRP_Rule.05.28.09.pdf

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

- Lead Abatement Professionals

http://www.epa.gov/lead/abatement.html

- Lead Safe Certification Program

http://www.epa.gov/lead/abatement.html

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration

- Lead in Construction

http://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3142.pdf

- Protecting Workers from Lead Hazards Fact Sheet

http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_Hurricane_Facts/LeadHazards.pdf

Homeowners and Tenants

New York State Department of Health

- What Homeowners Need to Know About Removing Lead- Based Paint

http://www.nyhealth.gov/publications/2502/2502.pdf

- "Get Ahead of Lead" Factsheet

http://www.nyhealth.gov/environmental/lead/education_materials/fact_sheets/get_ahead/docs/factsheet.pdf

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

- How to Check Your Family and Home for Lead

http://www.epa.gov/lead/parents.html

- Locate Certified Renovation Firms

http://cfpub.epa.gov/flpp/searchrrp_firm.htm

Landlords/Property Managers

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

- Lead in Paint, Dust, and Soil

http://www.epa.gov/lead/index.html

Training

New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal Training

http://www.nyshcr.org/AboutUs/Training/index.htm#lead

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lead-Safe Certification Program Training Providers

http://www.epa.gov/lead/rrp/index.html

Lead Regulations and Requirements

New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal

- Environmental Review

http://www.nyshcr.org/AboutUs/EnvironmentalReview/

- Design Services Unit & Energy and Rehabilitation Services Units

- Lead-Based Paint (LBP) Regulations Overview - 7 Steps to LBP Safety & Compliance

http://www.nyshcr.org/AboutUs/training/seminar_materials.htm

New York State Laws and Regulations for Lead Poisoning

http://www.nyhealth.gov/environmental/lead/laws_and_regulations/index.htm

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Lead Regulations

http://www.hud.gov/offices/lead/enforcement/regulations.cfm

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Laws and Regulations

http://www.epa.gov/lead/laws-regs/index.html

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule

http://www.epa.gov/lead/rrp/index.html

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration - Lead OSHA Standards

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/lead/#standards

Local Resources

City of New York - Lead Paint Law Compliance

http://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/homeowners/lead_paint.shtml

City of Rochester - Lead- Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Ordinance

http://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.aspx?id=8589936091

State Resources

Advisory Council on Lead Poisoning Prevention

http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/lead/advisory_council/index.htm

Governor's Task Force on the Prevention of Childhood Lead Poisoning

http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/lead/exposure/childhood/task_force/docs/2009_preliminary_report.pdf

New York State Department of Health

- Educational Materials

http://www.nyhealth.gov/environmental/lead/education_materials/index.htm

- How Can You Protect Your Child from Lead Poisoning?

http://www.nyhealth.gov/environmental/lead/parents_caregivers.htm#child_protect

- Lead Poisoning Prevention Program in Local Health Departments

http://www.nyhealth.gov/environmental/lead/health_care_providers/local_health_departments.htm

- Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs and Plans for New York State

http://www.nyhealth.gov/environmental/lead/programs_plans/index.htm

- Regional Lead Resource Centers

http://www.nyhealth.gov/environmental/lead/resource_centers.htm

- Sources of Lead

http://www.nyhealth.gov/environmental/lead/sources.htm

New York State Weatherization Directors Association - Lead Resources

http://www.nyswda.org/WAPManagement/Lead/Lead1.htm

National Resources

Alliance for Healthy Homes

http://www.afhh.org/

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention

http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/

- Lead Publications

http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/publications/

Lead Hotline- The National Lead Information Center

http://www.epa.gov/lead/nlic.html

National Center for Healthy Housing

http://www.nchh.org/

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ABLES/ables.html

National Institutes of Health

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/leadpoisoning.html

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

http://www.cpsc.gov/

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

http://www.hud.gov/offices/lead/index.cfm

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

http://www.epa.gov/lead/

- Lead in Drinking Water

http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/lead/index.cfm

- Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home

http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/leadpdfe.pdf

Last updated on 12/19/12