New federal lead-based paint regulations apply to you if:
• Your work involves pre-1978 houses or apartments.
• You receive any form of compensation for your work.
• You disturb more than 2 square feet of painted surfaces.
• Your work is not specifically excluded from this law.
Federal law requires distribution of a lead hazard information pamphlet before starting a renovation.
The California Contractor's State License Board provides important information for contractors who work on pre-1978 buildings, regulations currently in effect, and new regulations that will take effect March 31, 2010 on its website.
Specific requirements depend on the following criteria:
In owner-occupied housing you must:
Provide an EPA-approved lead information to owner and get written acknowledgment of receipt, or mail the pamphlet to owner 7 days prior ro renovation with certificate of mailing.
In tenant-occupied housing you must:
Provide an EPA-approved pamphlet to both building owner and adult occupant, or mail the pamphlet to owner and occupants 7 days prior ro renovation with certificate of mailing.
If attempted delivery to adult occupant fails, you may leave the pamphlet at the unit.
For renovations in common areas of multi-family housing, you must:
Provide an EPA-approved pamphlet to building owner, or mail the pamphlet to owner 7 days prior ro renovation with certificate of mailing.
Provide notice to each tenant describing the nature/location/timing of renovation and make available EPA-approved pamphlet free upon request.
Retail written document describing notification procedures for 3 years.
More information is available from the Environmental Protection Agency's website at http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm
and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 1-800-524-5323 or http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/lead/.