As of 1978, paint has been produced with safe lead levels. Any home built before 1978 has a potential lead-in-paint concern. The potential health problems occurring from lead in paint can be serious, in particular for young children. Lead paint testing or inspection is beyond the scope of home inspection licensing and standards of practice. If lead in paint is a concern to you, testing is advised by a certified lead inspector.
EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 have their firm certified by EPA or use certified renovators, and follow lead-safe work practices.
For additional information on the current laws, testing and renovation practices, visit EPA website.