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Is Your Contractor Certified to work with Lead Paint?

Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint.


T.M. Valentine's
Lead Paint Certifications

  • • Certified EPA Lead Paint Renovator NAT-23470-1
  • • MDE Certified Lead Paint Removal & Demolision Supervisor #6367

lead safe certified


Lead Paint Abatement and Enclosure


25% of American homes - over 24 million - still contain significant hazards from lead paint.



Lead is one of the most significant and widespread environmental hazards of children in Maryland. Children are at greatest risk from birth to age six while their neurological systems are developing. Sustained exposure to lead can cause long-lasting neurological damage or death. Effects of sustained exposure include learning disabilities, shortened attention span, irritability, and lowered IQ.

The major source of exposure for children is lead paint dust from deteriorated lead paint dust from deteriorated lead paint or from home renovation. Most childhood exposure occurs through children's normal hand-to-mouth activity after contact with a source of leaded dust. The most effective prevention of childhood lead poisoning is to reduce or eliminate exposure.



Federal law requires that individuals receive certain information before renovating six square feet or more of painted surfaces in a room for interior projects or more than twenty square feet of painted surfaces for exterior projects in housing, child care facilities and schools built before 1978.


  • • Homeowners and tenants: renovators must give you this pamphlet before starting work.

  • • Child care facilities, including preschools and kindergarten classrooms, and the families of children under the age of six that attend those facilities.


Also, beginning April 2010, federal law will require contractors that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and schools, built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Therefore beginning in April 2010, ask to see your contractor's certification.