DHHS Announces Changes in Federal Lead Poisoning Prevention Regulations

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (NH CLPPP) is announcing recent changes to federal regulations related to lead poisoning prevention. Earlier this year the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a new rule to address health hazards created by renovating, repairing and painting that disturbs lead-based paint in buildings and child occupied homes built before 1978.


“Nearly one of every three children in New Hampshire reported with an elevated blood level lived in a home that had recently undergone renovations or remodeling,” stated DHHS Director of Public Health Dr Jose Montero. “Common renovations like sanding, cutting and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint. Lead poisoning can contribute to serious and irreversible learning disabilities, behavioral problems, kidney damage, and loss of IQ points. We want to make sure people are aware of the hazards and how to avoid them.”


The EPA’s new Renovation, Repair and Painting Program rule is aimed at helping educate people about health hazards associated with lead. The rule affects paid professionals, including: renovation contractors, maintenance workers in multi-family homes, painters and other specialty trades. Starting December 22, the rule requires indivduals or groups performing renovations or repairs to provide the lead hazard information pamphlet, Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools before they begin work.


The pamphlet should be given to owners and occupants of child care facilities, to parents and guardians of children under age six who attend child care facilities built prior to 1978, and owners and occupants of pre-1978 homes and rental units.


Renovate Right replaces the current booklet, Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home, that has been required by federal law for the past 10 years.


For more information on the new rule or for copies of the Renovate Right pamphlet, visit the EPA’s website at: http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm .


For more information on lead poisoning contact the NH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, at 800-897-5323 or www.dhhs.state.nh.us/CLPPP