The Environmental Protection Agency has stepped up it’s game on lead recently. Recent moves include updating their educational material, strengthening lead dust levels and increasing enforcement actions.
Last month, the EPA released “Protecting Children from Lead Exposures” to highlight some of the ongoing programs being worked on across the various program and regional offices.
New Dust-lead Hazard Standard
The EPA recently proposed strengthening the dust-lead hazard standard to help reduce childhood lead exposure. In June 2018, the Agency proposed to change the dust-lead hazard standards from 40 micrograms/square foot (μg/ft2) and 250 μg/ft2 to 10 μg/ft2 and 100 μg/ft2 on floors and window sills, respectively.
The EPA plans to issue a final rule by June 2019.
More information on the proposed rule: EPA Proposed Lead Rule
While many have complained that EPA has been largely quiet in regards to the enforcement of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, they have recently highlighted 140 federal enforcement actions taken so far this year nationwide and indicated a commitment to continued inspection and enforcement actions.
Let us know if you have questions about the upcoming changes to lead levels or need training to stay in compliance with the new rules.
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