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New Lead Rules Set to Impact Contractors across the Country


EMSL Analytical provides rapid lead testing services to protect workers and the general public.

Westmont, NJ

In April of this year, under the Toxic Substances Control Act, a new rule will be enacted that will impact contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paints in residential buildings, child care facilities and schools built before 1978. Contractors will now need to be certified and must follow specific work practices.

The use of lead in paint has been banned since 1978, but its past use still impacts the public decades later. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Approximately 250,000 U.S. children aged 1-5 years have blood lead levels greater than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, the level at which CDC recommends public health actions be initiated. Lead poisoning can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead poisoning often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized.”

Lead is of particular concern to young children as their growing bodies can absorb more lead and their brain and nervous systems are more sensitive to the negative health effects. Many building renovation activities such as sanding, cutting and demolition can all create situations that expose children and other occupants to lead dust.

EMSL Analytical, one of the nation’s largest environmental laboratories, has a long history of providing lead and other heavy metals testing services. “The dangers associated with lead poisoning, especially with children, can be deadly,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President at EMSL. “Contractors need to be aware of these new EPA rules and EMSL can provide quick and affordable lead testing solutions.”

To help educate the public about the dangers of lead, EMSL has made available a ‘Lead in Homes’ poster that can be ordered online. To learn more about lead testing or to order the poster please visit, call (800)220-3675 or email

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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