When was lead-based paint banned in the US?
The United States government's Consumer Product Safety Commissionbanned lead paint in 1977. In an announcement dated September 2, 1977, "The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has culminated a major regulatory proceeding by issuing a final ban on lead-containing paint and on toys and furniture coated with such paint. This action was taken to reduce the risk of lead poisoning in children who may ingest paint chips or peelings." FACT: Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born. FACT: Even children who seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies. FACT: You can get lead in your body by breathing or swallowing lead dust, or by eating soil or paint chips containing lead. FACT: You have many options for reducing lead hazards. In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard. FACT: Removing lead-based paint improperly can increase the danger to your family. If you think your home might have lead hazards, read on to learn about lead and some simple steps to protect your family at epa.gov. Effective April 22, 2010, the US EPA now requires that all renovators who work in homes built pre-1978 and disturb more than six square-feet of lead paint be RRP certified. Brad Smart Moves Home Inspections