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Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

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Upon request of the owner or tenant, the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program conducts environmental assessments to identify possible lead paint hazards and violations.

Q:
What types of deleading are there?
 A:

High risk - only a licensed deleader can perform the work. This includes demolition, scraping, replacing and removal of leaded surfaces.

Moderate risk/low risk - an authorization number is given to the homeowner or agent after completion of a one day training and exam. Please contact the Worcester Community Action Council at (508) 754-1176 for a schedule of training classes in Worcester. Owners will be able to perform replacement of leaded components and make small areas of loose paint intact with this training.

Encapsulation/low risk - an owner can perform this type of deleading work after calling Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) Boston office at 1-800-532-9571 and requesting the training booklet and self exam. Once completed, the owner will receive an authorization number to perform the work required. Encapsulants are liquid coatings applied in liquid form that are made to be long-lasting barriers over lead paint. Encapsulants are for interior use only.

Q:
Who should perform the lead testing in my house?
 A:

Only inspectors licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) are authorized to conduct lead inspections. Homeowners can call Boston's Department of Public Health
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) at 1-800-532-9571 to check on the validity of an inspector's license.

Q:
What are the methods of lead paint testing?
 A:

Chemical testing - sodium sulfide solution reacts with leaded paint turning a gray to black color, indicating a dangerous level of lead.

XRF analyzer - the X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer is a portable detector that x-rays a painted surface to measure the amount of lead in all layers of paint. A reading of 1.0 or greater indicates a dangerous level of lead.

Laboratory testing - Paint chip samples, usually about two square inches, are sent to laboratories for analyses.

Q:
What does a lead inspection consist of?
 A:

The lead inspector will test painted, varnished and stained surfaces inside the house or apartment, as well as any common hallways and exterior including fences, garages and sheds on the lot.

Q:
What is the role of an Inspectional Services Inspector?
 A:

If a child under the age of six (6) resides in the house or apartment, the inspector will perform a full inspection and enforce the Massachusetts Lead Law which includes and order to correct violations, timelines to correct the violations, and court proceedings against the owner, if necessary.

Q:
What is the role of a private lead inspector?
 A:

A private lead inspector performs an inspection for a fee. The homeowner is not under order to correct nor under any time constraints to complete the work. A typical cost for a private lead inspection ranges from one hundred dollars to three hundred dollars ($100 - $300). A list of private inspectors can be obtained by contacting the Worcester Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.

Q:
What paperwork will I receive after a lead inspection?
 A:

If the lead inspector finds violations, he/she is required to give both the owner(s) and the occupant(s):

  1. a complete copy of the lead inspection or determination;
  2. information about your legal rights and responsibilities; and
  3. information about ways to reduce your child's exposure to lead.

If the inspector does not find any lead paint violations, he/she must give a letter of full initial inspection compliance to both the property owner(s) and the occupant(s).

Q:
Where can I get a copy of the Massachusetts Lead Law regulations?
 A:

You can contact the Massachusetts Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 1-800-532-9571.

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