Lead Safe Work Practices and Resources for Contractors and Homeowners

Homes and buildings built before 1978 may contain lead-based paint. Disturbing lead-based paint during remodeling and repainting may create dangerous lead dust. The guides on this page offer information on renovating or repainting your home. Lead-based paint is the most widespread and dangerous high-dose source of lead exposure for young children.

  • Contractors performing renovation, repair, and repainting projects that disturb painted surfaces in homes, childcare facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

  • Find Certified Lead Professionals trained to inspect and do lead-safe work in your home at Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch or call (800) 597-LEAD.

  • California Code of Regulations Title 17 can be read in full here


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