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The Massachusetts Lead Law requires that any home built before 1978 where a child under the age of six lives must be made lead safe by removing or covering any lead paint hazards. Lead paint hazards are any chipping, peeling or flaking paint on window sills, doors, door jambs, staircase treads, railings, and railing caps below 5 feet and 4 inches on an edge.  Homeowners are responsible for complying with the law. If a child is poisoned by lead hazards in their primary residence, the homeowner will be held responsible.

If you're working to remodel, renovate, or paint a home, there are certain things you need to do to ensure your own safety and the safety of those who live there.

Lead Safe Work Practices

Federal regulations require lead safe work practices 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).


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.

We also provide training to property owners or agents on moderate risk deleading. Click here for the training schedule and here for the training application.

Additional Information

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

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