Lead Safety

Lead Safe Housing

NYCHA’s Lead-Safe Housing Policy states that NYCHA must follow lead-based paint rules in apartments, common areas, and exterior areas in target housing. Target housing is defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as any housing built before 1978, except housing for the elderly or persons with disabilities, or any zero-bedroom dwelling, unless a child who is age 5 years or younger resides in the housing. For the purposes of lead-safe housing, the term “resides” is defined by New York City law as routinely spending 10 or more hours per week within an apartment.

NYCHA bases its Lead-Safe Housing Policy on all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations which relate to lead-based paint.

NYCHA also follows New York City Local Law 1, which requires landlords to use certified workers and lead-safe work practices to identify and remediate lead-based paint hazards in apartments where a child age 5 years or younger resides. 

Under Local Law 1, lead-based paint hazards are presumed to be in an apartment or common area if: 

  • The building was built before January 1, 1960 
  • The building has three or more apartments 
  • A child age 5 years or younger resides in the apartment 

In any location where there is presumed to be lead-based paint, NYCHA must follow lead-safe rules when doing any work that could disturb a painted surface. However, if an inspection confirms the location does not have lead-based paint, NYCHA instead can follow regular work practices. 

If work must be done to reduce lead-based paint hazards in your home, here is how NYCHA will let you know: 

  • Visual Assessment Notice 
  • Lead Paint Inspection Notice 
  • Notice of Evaluation 
  • Notice of Hazard Reduction Activity 
  • Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Notice for Apartment 
  • RRP Notice for Common Areas and Exteriors 
  • RRP Notice for Child-Occupied Facilities 

Lead Based Paint Abatement

There are four situations when NYCHA performs a lead-based paint abatement:

  • In developments where an inspection determined that lead-based paint is present, and a previous abatement has not been performed, the apartment is tested for lead-based paint. If the test detects lead-based paint, it is abated. 
  • When NYCHA receives an NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene (DOHMH) violation or a court order directing abatement.
  • During capital modernization.
  • In accordance with requirements under the federal agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

Dust Wipe Sampling

  • Dust wipe samples must be taken at least one hour after an abatement cleaning is completed. 

Inform NYCHA if Children Live With/Visit You

Under New York City law, you must inform NYCHA whether a child 5 years or younger lives in and/or routinely spends 10 or more hours each week in your apartment. This information determines NYCHA’s next steps for taking protective measures if there is lead-based paint in the apartment.

You must also let NYCHA know if a child 5 years or younger lives in your apartment so that we can provide you with stove knob covers if you request them. You must also inform NYCHA whether a child 10 years or younger lives with you so that window guards can be installed if they are not already installed. You can request window guards even if no children live with you.

If a child lives with you, or regularly visits your apartment, here is how you can let NYCHA know:

  • Step 1: Regardless of whether the child lives or regularly visits, please respond to the Annual Lead-Based Paint and Window Guard Notice and Stove Knob Cover Annual Notice, which NYCHA sends to your home every January. Responses are due back to NYCHA by February 15.
  • Fill out the questionnaire that will be available on the Self-Service Portal after February 14, 2021.
  • Step 2 (only if the child lives with you): Add the new household member’s details when you submit the annual or interim recertification form online via NYCHA’s Self-Service Portal at selfserve.nycha.info.
  • Not online? Request the annual or interim recertification form from your property management office and report the changes to your household composition.

What you should know about lead paint:

  • Lead paint, and the dust it turns into, is the most commonly identified source of lead poisoning in children.
  • Lead poisoning can cause learning and behavioral problems in children.
  • When children put their hands and toys in their mouths, they can swallow lead dust.

How to protect your family from lead hazards:

  • Report peeling, cracked, or loose paint to NYCHA: Call the Customer Contact Center (CCC) at 718-707-7771 or use the MyNYCHA app or website (www.nyc.gov/mynycha).
  • Wash floors, window sills, hands, toys, and pacifiers often.
  • Avoid using products known to contain lead.
  • Use only cold tap water for drinking, cooking, and making baby formula.
  • Remind your doctor to test your child for lead poisoning at ages 1 and 2 years. Ask your doctor about testing older children if you think they may have been exposed to lead. Pregnant women should be assessed for lead exposure at their first prenatal visit.

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