New HUD guidelines to help housing providers reduce childhood lead poisoning

By: Leslie Black-Plumeau

Last week the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new guidelines on how to identify and control lead-based paint and related hazards in housing, and to help property owners, government agencies, and private contractors sharply reduce childhood exposure to lead without unnecessarily increasing the cost of renovation.   

These guidelines can also be used by those who are required to identify and control lead paint hazards. They cover renovations in older housing, lead-based paint inspections and risk assessments, and where to go for help.  They also outline what users have to do to meet requirements and recommendations, identify training  and certification required for people who conduct the work, and describe how the work should be done.

 Read HUD's press release about the guidelines.