|Lead Aware Times Volume 1 No. 1 ( ISSN 1440-4966)|
Hiring a Lead
A contractor may tell you that lead paint is not used any more or lead is not a problem. Modern paint does contain only a small amount of lead (though lead paint is still used in some special commercial and industrial applications). However, your house will almost certainly have old lead paint or contaminated dust in it if built before 1970, which can be disturbed if safe work practices are not used.
If your house was built before 1970 and the contractor assures you lead is not a problem HIRE SOMEONE ELSE. They do not know what they are talking about, and will probably use unsafe work practices and may contaminate your house.
Lead safe work could add to the cost of your work, but decontaminating a polluted site costs more! You will reap benefits in your health, and could well recover more than the cost in the long term by being able to sell your house as "lead safe".
Ask potential contractors some simple questions
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