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New Lead Rules Could Increase Home Improvement & Remodeling Costs


EMSL Analytical provides rapid lead testing services for homeowners and contractors subject to the new regulations.

Westmont, NJ

In just a little over a month homeowners across the country could see the cost of home improvement projects going up. In April, a new rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act will begin impacting contractors performing renovations, repairs and painting projects that disturb lead-based paints.

Contractors will need to be certified and follow specific work practices in residential buildings, child care facilities and schools built before 1978. In many cases these additional costs are expected to be passed on to consumers.

The new regulations are the latest in a series of regulations from federal health officials looking to find ways to prevent or reduce the risk of lead exposure to people, especially children. Lead is of particular concern to young children as their rapidly growing bodies can absorb more lead. Children’s brain and nervous systems are also more sensitive to the lead’s negative health effects.

Building renovation activities such as sanding, cutting and demolition can all create situations that expose children and other occupants to lead dust. For contractors the new rule means they will not only have to pay for the actual certification, but also for additional materials and tools, such as HEPA vacuums, to prevent lead exposure.

The use of lead in paint has been banned for over 30 years, but its past use still impacts the public decades later. EMSL Analytical, one of the nation’s largest environmental laboratories, has a long tradition of providing lead and other heavy metals testing services. “The new regulations should help protect the general public and contractors,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President at EMSL. “Fortunately, EMSL Analytical provides rapid and affordable lead testing solutions and kits for both contractors and property owners.”

EMSL has made available an educational ‘Lead in Homes’ poster that can be ordered online at To learn more about lead testing services or test kits please visit the website, 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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