Cinnaminson, NJ, February 20th, 2018
Recently, the Blade published an article about renters not being told of lead hazards in the homes they rent in Ohio. The investigative report looked into cases in major population centers across the state where families, including those with young children, had no idea their rental homes had lead-paint hazards.
Unfortunately, cases like these happen all too frequently across the entire United States. There are existing federal laws meant to protect renters from lead hazards, but these are not always followed. Federal law requires that before signing a lease for housing built before 1978, renters must receive the following from the landlord:
- An EPA-approved information pamphlet on identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards, Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home.
- Any known information concerning the presence of lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards in the home or building. For multi-unit buildings, this requirement includes records and reports concerning common areas and other units when such information was obtained as a result of a building-wide evaluation.
- An attachment to the lease, or language inserted in the lease, that includes a "Lead Warning Statement" and confirms that the landlord has complied with all notification requirements.
“It’s critical that people have information about the presence of lead in a property they are thinking about renting since lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “This is especially important information for renters with young children as they are especially vulnerable to the effects of lead poisoning.”
EMSL Analytical, Inc. can help renters and landlords through lead testing of dusts, paints and even water. The laboratory offers all of the sampling supplies necessary and even has easy-to-use test kits. EMSL has also sponsored an educational video about lead in people’s homes that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/PJMX4oNaLTQ.
To learn more about lead or other building science, environmental, health and safety testing services, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com. To access indoor environmental quality test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is one of the leading testing laboratories with 43 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella
, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com
for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.