Lead-Based Paint

The hazards of lead in paints are regulated by both EPA and OSHA.

Under EPA, Lead-Based Paints (LBPs) are defined as those with lead concentrations of 5,000 parts per million (ppm) or more and related rules are generally intended to protect the public.  However, OSHA regulates worker/employee exposure to paints that contain any lead. 

LBPs are found in virtually every building constructed before 1978.  Lead-containing paints are produced to this day.  Given this, a Lead Paint Management Program was developed to avoid exposures and ensure proper waste handling and disposal. This is ensured by training, implementation of standard procedures and work practices, inspections, and exposure monitoring.