Services and Inspections

Department of Health Inspections

The Department of Health was the first organization in the state to govern lead inspections.  A Comprehensive Inspections was typically performed when a child had an elevated level of lead in the blood, or if landlords had code violations.  

A Comprehensive inspection is just that.  It details every room and it's components,  notating the condition of all the painted surfaces and potential lead hazards.  

A water sample is taken from the main kitchen tap and tested for lead concentration to ensure that it is safe to consume. 

Any common area, including the exterior, that are accessible to the unit or dwelling being inspected, is also visually inspected and pages for these areas will be included in the report.  

If bare soil exist within (3) three feet of the structures foundation, the soil is tested.  

Today, there are many different uses and types of Comprehensive Inspections. There are different requirements for each  individual type and certification.  They are used by contractors, landlords, property managers, realtors and home inspectors, just to name a few.

These certificates include:

  • Lead Safe Certificates
  • Lead Safe with Annual Re-inspection Exemption Certificates
  • Lead Free Certificates
  • Limited Comprehensive Inspections
  • Lead Assessment Reports
  • Acceptable Clearance Certificates

 

Housing Resource Commission Inspections

In November of 2004, The HRC passed legislation that would require all property owners, renting property that is not owner occupied, become lead Compliant. This inspection consist of a visual inspection of all painted surfaces, within a unit, the common areas that are accessible, and the exterior of the building. These areas must be free of lead hazards including peeling, flaking and chipping paint, chalking of substrates and any binding or friction surfaces. There can be no bare soil against the foundation and other exterior structure

Once the visual inspection passes, dust wipes are taken and sent to a laboratory for analysis.  If the dust wipes are within permissible range, a Certificate of Conformance is issued.  It is valid for (2) two years.

EPA Inspections

In April, 2010, the EPA passed legislature requiring all firms disturbing lead based paint in a pre-1978 home or child occupied facility, be RRP (Renovation, Repairs and Painting) certified in lead safe work practices during renovations. Once renovations have been completed, you must follow proper cleaning techniques to ensure no lead dust is left behind.  A licensed lead inspector must  perform an Acceptable Clearance Inspection.  When the dust wipes have passed you will be issued an Acceptable Clearance Certification.

Pre-Construction paint chip sampling is sometimes done when a property was build on the cusp of 1978 or a property owner feels his/her property is free of lead based paint.  However, most contractor's assume painted surfaces are positive for lead if the property was build before 1978.