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Lead Safe Work Practices

Lead was once added to paint to improve its application properties and durability. The more lead in the paint, the higher the quality. This was common practice until paint containing lead was outlawed in 1978.

Though trace amounts of lead in the human body are normal, in higher concentrations it is harmful, especially to infants and small children. Pregnant women can pass lead to their unborn babies and thus must be aware of exposure. Lead affects the development of the nervous system and can cause learning disabilities, hyperactivity, slowed growth, hearing problems, headaches and in rare cases, death. The only way to detect lead poisoning is to be tested by your doctor.

Learn more about lead and how contractors are required to handle situations that create a hazard by following this link to the EPA's website: www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovaterightbrochure.pdf