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Per the Massachusetts Lead Law, property owners are required to make their property lead-safe if:

  • It was build before 1978
  • A child under the age of 6 lives there
Property owners are responsible for complying with the MA Lead Law. If a child is poisoned by lead hazards in their primary residence, the homeowner will be held responsible for eliminating the hazards.

Hazards include:
  • Damaged paint (such as paint that is chipping, peeling or flaking) on things in the home, like window sills, doors, door jambs, staircase treads, railings, and railing caps, or outside the home (like the paint covering the home's shingles)

Home Renovations, Remodeling, & Maintenance

If you're working to remodel, renovate, maintain, or paint a home with lead hazards, you need to be certified in lead-safe work practices.

Lead-safe work practices ensure your own safety and the safety of those who live in the property. These practices are required by federal regulations, for remodeling, renovation, and painting activities. 

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that at least one contractor (per job) working on a pre-1978 residential building or child-care facility take an eight-hour certification class on lead-safe work practices. The certification must be renewed every five years by completing a four-hour refresher course. Businesses that renovate, remodel, and paint must also be certified by the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards (DLS).

What We Offer

  • Training on Lead-Safe Practices: BPHC provides trainings for contractors on safe lead removal, which satisfies the DLS certification requirement. Click here to access the lead safe removal training schedule, and here for the training application.
  • Training on Moderate Risk Deleading: We provide training to property owners or agents on moderate risk deleading. Click here for the training schedule and here for the training application.

PLEASE NOTE THAT, DUE TO COVID-19, ALL MODERATE RISK DELEADING AND LEAD-SAFE RENOVATOR TRAININGS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. We are working on a plan to begin offering these courses again in Fall 2020. Stay tuned!

Additional Information

If you have questions about lead risks, removal, and training we offer, call 617-534-5965.

Boston Public Health Commission
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