Lead Testing in Colorado

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Lead Testing in Colorado – The Law

Contact the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for current laws/regulations regarding lead testing and abatement.

Lead Testing Protocol Development

A lead abatement protocol may be required in homes and buildings built before 1978, if lead is detected, and depending on what you plan to do with the contaminated materials, to ensure all of the affected areas are identified and removed properly. The lead protocol details the proper handling of the materials in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) guidelines.

Understanding local, state and federal regulations is necessary to protect property owners and workers from unnecessary liability.

Professionals undertaking renovation projects are required to furnish owners or occupants with an EPA pamphlet concerning lead safety and renovation. This essential document, titled “Renovate Right,” can be accessed via the provided link. It must be delivered to the owner or adult occupant at least seven days prior to commencing the renovation, and a written acknowledgment of receipt must be acquired from them.

Renovate Right – EPA Document

Why Should you Test your Property in Colorado for Lead?

CDPHE outlines the laws/regulations regarding the importance of lead testing in Colorado.

Lead can be found in paint, dust or soil and is potentially dangerous because it can enter the body through ingestion or inhalation. To avoid the health risks associated with lead poisoning, it’s important to have your home or business tested by a certified, professional lead testing company to determine if your property contains risk.

When was Lead Paint Banned?

Homes built before 1978, may contain lead-based paint. Restoration, remodeling, or demolition of these homes can create lead dust which can be inhaled or accidentally ingested. Homes not having restoration, remodeling or demolition can contain peeling, chipping, or cracking lead-based paint.

What are the Health Risks of Lead?

Depending on the level of exposure, lead can cause damage to the nervous system including, headaches, high blood pressure, digestive problems or muscle and joint disorders.

X factor: The X factor is the human body. Every person’s body responds to substances, uniquely. Therefore, while exposure to lead can cause any number of symptoms, it is best to consult your physician if you suspect you have been exposed.