The most common way people are exposed to lead is from dust. Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978. Projects that disturb lead-based paint can create dust and endanger workers and residents in the home.
If you own or perform repairs at a property built before 1978, you are required to:
Federal law requires contractors that disturb lead-based paint in homes built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
Contractors who want information about working safely with lead should visit the National Lead Information Center's website or call 1-800-424-LEAD (5323) for information about courses and resources on lead-safe work practices.