HUD released its Final Rule on Lead Safe Housing on January 13, 2017 which is effective from February 13, 2017. This rule is on responding promptly to cases of children under age 6 living in certain categories of HUD-assisted housing who have elevated blood lead levels. It has a compliance date of July 13, 2017.
When a child under age six resides in HUD-assisted housing and has an elevated blood level, the housing provider will have to test the home and other potential sources of the child’s lead exposure within 15 days, and ensure that hazards from lead-based paint, dust, or soil are controlled within 30 days. The housing provider must also report the case to HUD so the Department can ensure that follow-up is completed on time.
This rule will cover about 3 million HUD-assisted housing units built before 1978, the year lead-based paint was banned for residential use. Of these homes, about 500,000 are estimated to have children under age six residing in them. The regulation sets hazard reduction requirements that give much greater emphasis than existing regulations to reducing lead in house dust. Scientific research has found that exposure to lead in dust is the most common way young children become lead poisoned. Therefore, the new regulation requires dust testing after paint is disturbed to make sure the home is lead-safe. Specific requirements depend on whether the housing is being disposed of or assisted by the federal government, and also on the type and amount of financial assistance, the age of the structure, and whether the dwelling is rental or owner-occupied.
- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Lead Safe Housing Rule, generally applies to work performed in target housing units receiving HUD housing assistance, such as rehabilitation or acquisition assistance
- Under this rule, the program participant governmental jurisdiction, non-profit, community organization or the property owner who accepts HUD funds) becomes responsible for compliance with this rule and is referred to as the designated party (or DP)
- Renovation firms may include, for example, for-profit contractors, non-profit organizations, or a designated party using its own employees for renovation
- This rule is in effect if:
- The work involves lead hazard control (including abatement, interim control of lead hazards or ongoing lead-based paint maintenance)
- The housing receives financial assistance. If so, the renovator should ask the client to find out if the assistance is federal assistance. Most clients would appreciate these questions so they may avoid violating HUD or EPA rules
These Guidelines can be used by those who are required to identify and control lead paint hazards, as well as property owners, landlords, and child-care center operators. They offer helpful advice on renovations in older housing, lead-based paint inspections and risk assessments, and where to go for help. The Guidelines also outline what users have to do to meet requirements and recommendations; identify training – and if applicable, certification – required for people who conduct the work; and describe how the work should be done.
This webinar will cover all of the changes and guidelines related to the previous rulings and the impact of this new guidance.
- Property Owners
- Property Managers
- Leasing Agents
- Housing Authority Staff
- Municipal Building Services Staff