N.C. requires contractors to be lead safe
North Carolina contractors working on old buildings must now be certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as renovators and follow lead-safe work practices. The new state law, based on an EPA rule passed in March 2008, applies to contractors working on housing built before 1978 or any child-occupied facility. Under the state law, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb any painted surface more than 6 square feet on the interior or 20 square feet on the exterior must take precautions to prevent lead contamination, such as spot testing for lead on painted surfaces and properly disposing of lead paint debris. To become an EPA certified renovator, contractors must take an accredited lead course. Although the EPA rule does not take effect until April 2010, the North Carolina law took effect on Jan. 1.
Read more about North Carolina’s new requirements for lead-safe renovations.