Dust from lead paint is the most common cause of childhood lead poisoning. New York City banned lead paint for residential use in 1960. Even so, older buildings may still have lead paint on walls, windows, doors, and other surfaces. New York City's Local Law 1 of 2004 requires landlords to address lead paint hazards by investigating their property for any conditions that may cause peeling paint and safely making repairs.
Local law 1 applies to New York City apartments in buildings built before 1960 (or between 1960 and 1978 if the owners knows that the building has lead paint) with 3 or more apartments and a child under the age of 6 lives in the apartment. If buildings covered by Local Law 1, building owners must:
Building owners must use safe work practices and trained workers to fix lead paint hazards and when doing general repair work that disturbs lead paint. Safe work practices include:
While repair work is happening, building owners must make sure trained workers clean the work area every day with wet mops and HEPA vacuums. For more information on lead safe work methods, call 311.
Notice: Entities Prohibited from Submitting Documents, such as lead dust test results, relating to Lead Abatement or Lead Remediation Work in the City of New York:
Entities listed below have been ordered to cease and desist from submitting any documents related to any lead abatement or lead remediation work in the City of New York until the cease and desist order relating to that entity is lifted. Entities will be removed from the list when the cease and desist order relating to that entity is lifted.
Federal Regulations: The EPA “Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule” took effect on April 22, 2010. To learn more about this rule, you can check the EPA website. You can also call the EPA at 732-321-6671 for more information. You must still comply with all NYC local requirements including Local Law 1 of 2004 and all pertinent Health Code requirements.
Fax commencement of work and submitting lead dust sample reports to: 347-396-8926