Since April 22, 2010 contractors performing renovation, painting and repair projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead dust contamination.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, homes built before 1978 account for 68% of the nation's total housing stock. Since the law specifies any project that involves more than 6 square feet of interior painted surface or 20 square feet of exterior surface, 99.9% of renovation projects will be affected. That means that contractors who install windows, insulation, home entertainment equipment or similar items in the target housing must become certified to do the work. Surface Shields offers the most cost-effective lead containment products to meet these requirements.