In June 2019, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced stricter guidelines regarding dust on floors and window sills. The standards were established as part of EPA's efforts to reduce childhood lead exposure.
Researchers found that lead-contaminated dust from chipped or peeling paint is one of the most common causes of elevated blood levels in children. In 2001, the EPA set standards for lead-contaminated dust in housing. The new guidelines have changed those standards to even lower lead-dust levels. The regulations are reducing lead-dust standards from 40 micrograms of lead per square foot (µg/ft2) to 10 µg/ft2 on floors and from 250 µg/ft2 to 100 µg/ft2 on window sills.
These protective measures will apply to inspections, risk assessments and abatement activities in facilities and homes constructed before 1978. The new regulation will become effective 180 days after publication in the Federal Register.
Though the U.S. has been taking proactive measures to address children’s blood lead levels since the 1970’s, recent advances in science found that people’s health, especially among children, can still be affected by relatively low levels of lead, lower than previously understood. These findings prompted the new standards.
At Tioga, we feel it’s important to stay apprised of these changes to provide the most accurate services possible for our clients. Our lead paint inspectors and assessors are ready to help if you’re planning to buy, renovate or repair your facility. Contact us today!