N.C. adopts lead safety law
North Carolina contractors working on old buildings must now take an accredited lead course from the U.S. 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 sizeable painted surfaces must take precautions to prevent lead contamination. Although the EPA rule does not take effect until April 2010, the North Carolina law took effect on Jan. 1.