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Do revised Federal Dust-Lead Standards apply to your building?

Last year, U.S. EPA and HUD adopted new, more stringent lead-dust standards for floors and window sills in homes, schools, childcare facilities, and other buildings constructed before 1978. The new rule lowers dust-lead hazard standards for floors (from 40 micrograms (µg/ft2) to 10 µg/ft2) and for windowsills (from 250 µg/ft2 to 100 µg/ft2). The tightened standards will affect inspections, risk assessments, and abatement activities in pre-1978 housing and certain schools, child care facilities, and hospitals across the country. It's important to note that EPA's revision does not affect existing dust-lead clearance levels, which the Agency is evaluating under a separate rulemaking. Click here to view EPA's announcement.

What you need to know:

Many experts anticipate local jurisdictions to adopt the new standards at some point this year, and the DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) has already done so, effective January 6, 2020. Lead dust can be found indoors -- on window sills, floors, and other surfaces -- and outdoors -- on railings, playground equipment, and benches -- so it's important for buildings constructed before 1978 to be regularly inspected. KEM helps building owners assess lead hazards, both indoors and outdoors, so that health threats can be minimized. Our team of experts can help you understand and meet the lead regulations that are relevant to your business.

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