Regulation will go into effect on January 6, 2020.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) a new, firmer guideline for lead in dust on floors and window sills to protect children from possible hazardous effects of lead exposure. EPA is reducing the dust-lead hazard standards from 40 micrograms of lead per square foot (µg/ft² ) to 10 µg/ft² on floors and from 250 µg/ft² to 100 µg/ft² on window sills.
Children exposed to lead-contaminated dust caused from deteriorating or disturbed lead-based paint experience irreversible and prolonged health issues, according to the EPA. Remodeling professionals who are renovating a home built prior to 1978 will need to closely adhere to the safety practices put in place by the Lead, Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) regulation.