Lead paint is a hazardous material that is toxic at any dose. That’s why if found on your property, it’s crucial you have it removed by a professional. To this day, homes and businesses throughout the United States are still contaminated with the substance, despite its use being banned in 1978. In order to curb exposure to lead, the Commonwealth enacted one of the country’s first lead poisoning prevention laws – commonly known as Massachusetts’ Lead Law.
What Are the Requirements of Massachusetts’ Lead Law?
This law – also known as the Massachusetts Lead Poisoning Prevention Act – requires that a property owner perform lead remediation in homes or businesses built before 1978 where there is or may be the presence of a child under 6 years old, as it’s harmful to children. It’s the responsibility of the property owner to have a lead inspection done and remove or cover any lead hazards, such as:
- Surfaces with chipped or peeling lead paint
- Intact lead paint on surfaces that are moveable or at risk of impact – such as doors, windows, and areas of walls that are within 5 feet of the floor
- Any lead-painted surfaces easily accessible to children
If a property owner fails to remediate the high-risk lead in a timely fashion, they’re legally required to cover the injuries caused by the hazardous material.
How Does One Remain in Compliance with Massachusetts’ Lead Law?
A licensed lead inspector must first be hired to test the property, and if lead hazards are found, an RRP-licensed team will need to handle the lead as soon as possible. A reinspection then occurs, and if the property is deemed safe, a letter of deleading compliance will be issued. If a property owner only chooses to remediate the immediately harmful lead, they can apply a method called “interim control,” where a licensed risk assessor will reveal which temporary measures can delay complete remediation. You’ll have up to two years to then remove the lead, and renters must be made aware of its presence.
Massachusetts’ Lead Law is a step toward protecting unsuspecting renters from developing lead poisoning. If you wish to learn more about this law and how to remain in compliance, check out its page on Mass.gov. Otherwise, if you are renting or leasing a property, be sure you hire the right inspectors to avoid harm to others and yourself. Fiber Control, Inc. is an expert RRP-licensed team with decades of experience handling lead and other hazardous materials. If you’re in need of an inspection, remediation services, or wish to know more about the Lead Law, contact us today.