LEAD BASED PAINT ACTIVITIES (LEAD ABATEMENT)
Paint inspections, risk assessments and abatement (paint removal) are some of the Lead Based Paint activities. They are designed to permanently remove lead-based paint hazards. In some cases, a state or local government may order them as a response action of a case of lead poisoning, and/or for other safety reasons. These LBP activities may also be done voluntarily at any time.
Lead risk assessments help to identify lead hazards as well as strategies for managing them. Paint inspections are done to locate lead-based paint at residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Individuals require training and certification to conduct abatement activities.
Lead based activities/abatement are regulated differently than Renovations Repairs Painting (RRP).
RENOVATION, REPAIR AND PAINTING (RRP)
RRP projects are normally performed voluntarily by the property owner. In most cases it’s performed for aesthetic reasons, and also for interim control measures against lead hazards. RRP is NOT intended or designed to permanently eliminate the hazards of lead-based paint (LBP). Individual renovators are required to be trained and certified in lead-safe RRP practices, due to the fact that RRP projects can disturb lead-based paint in a building.
LEAD ABATEMENT VS. LEAD RRP
They may seem similar, however they are not. Abatement is a specialized activity designed to address the problem of lead in the home or building. RRP activities, renovation, repair and painting, disturb paint as a consequence of the activity, however they are often performed for reasons unrelated to lead issues.