Lead Based Paint

Lead Based Paint Regulations

Lead Based Paint RegulationsIf you’re the owner of a residential property or commercial property with child occupants aged 6 and younger that was constructed in 1978 or earlier, you may be required to follow certain lead based paint regulations. Multiple regulatory agencies address the structure’s exterior and interior painted surfaces. Argus can guide you through the requirements of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The Dangers of Lead Based Paint

Lead can be very dangerous especially to young children. If ingested or absorbed into the body, lead can cause a variety of severe health problems including:

  • damage to the brain
  • damage to the kidneys
  • damage to nerves and blood
  • behavioral problems
  • learning disabilities
  • seizures
  • and even death

Lead Poisoning Symptoms

If any of your workers or tenants are showing symptoms of lead poisoning, you should have your property inspected. People who are lead poisoned may show any of the following symptoms (children, however, may not):

  • headaches
  • stomachaches
  • nausea
  • tiredness
  • irritability

Further Resources:

  • https://www.epa.gov/lead
  • http://www.hud.gov/offices/lead/library/hhi/Lead.pdf
  • https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_Hurricane_Facts/LeadHazards.pdf