LEAD TEST KITS DON'T MEET EPA'S CRITERIA
Although the EPA first issued the Lead: Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule in April of 2008, they have yet to approve a test kit that is accurate. Kits available indicate “false positives” for lead as much as 72% of the time. And only one approved kit meets the “false negative” criteria. EPA acknowledges that the approved test kits do not meet the criteria called for in the regulation. (Learn more here.) This means when using the currently EPA-approved test kits, renovators could end up using costly lead-safe work practices for NO REASON 72% of the time.
The most definitive, cost-effective and least destructive option to identifying lead-based paint in a renovation, repair or repainting project is performing XRF testing of affected surfaces. This testing also provides clear documentation that can be provided to any inspector proving a project is or is not disturbing lead-based paint surfaces.