Lead Paint Inspection Vs. Risk Assessment

POSTED BY on Aug 24 under Lead Paint Inspection Information

1948 Farm house with lots of lead paint

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I’ve been asked, “What is the difference between a lead inspection and a risk assessment”?  A Lead Inspection is a surface by surface investigation to determine the presence of lead-based paint as described in Chapter 7 : Lead-Based Paint Inspection, of the HUD guidelines (Google Chapter 7, HUD Guidelines to read more). A Risk Assessment is an on-site investigation to determine the existence, nature, severity, and location of lead hazards as described in Chapter 5 of the HUD Guidelines.

Which one is best for you? The lead paint inspection will produce a result which will tell you every component (doors, windows, walls, etc) that has lead paint and also every component that does not have lead paint. XRF results will tell how much lead is present and how deeply it is buried. If you are purchasing, remodeling, or planning any work on a pre-1978 home this inspection will be very useful. It will save you time and money in complying with the EPA’s RRP Rule.

A Risk Assessment does not test every component in the house, it focuses on the existing condition of the house, identifies potential lead dust producing hazards, tests for lead dust and lead contaminated soil around the house and in children’s play areas. It will also give suggested methods for controlling and or correcting those hazards. Some lead testing, either by XRF analysis or sampling is performed, however it is more limited than the lead paint inspection. If you are renting a property, have small children, or are pregnant or plan to have children the risk assessment may be more beneficial.

The lead paint inspection and risk assessment can also be combined to provide a thorough finding of both where the lead paint is, what the hazards are and how can they be controlled or eliminated.

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