Low-risk deleading is work that trained homeowners and their agents may perform without being a licensed deleader. Low-risk deleading can significantly reduce deleading costs. It may be performed by anyone 18 years of age or older who reviews CLPPP training materials and completes an at-home test. 

What types of work may be considered low-risk?

Low-risk deleading work includes:

  • Removing and replacing doors, cabinet doors and shutters
  • Applying and securing approved coverings to some surfaces
  • Applying vinyl siding to building sides that are intact or covered with insulating house wrap
  • Capping baseboards
  • Testing surfaces for encapsulation and applying encapsulants to appropriate surfaces

Other deleading activities, such as removing paint or windows, is not considered low-risk deleading.

What must be done before any low-risk may be performed?

  • The home must be inspected by a licensed lead inspector.
  • The Low-Risk Deleading Packet and/or the Encapsulation Training Handbook must be reviewed by the person performing the work.
  • The at home test(s) included in the packet(s) must be taken and returned to the Massachusetts Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.
  • Click here to download the At Home Low-risk Quiz - English pdf format of low-risk-quiz.pdf
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When can low-risk deleading be done?

Owner or agents cannot do any work while the licensed deleader is working. Occupants must be out of the home for the day during the covering of non-intact surfaces or during spray application of encapsulants.

What must be done after the work is complete?

After the owner or agent finishes low-risk work, the lead inspector will return to check that it was properly done and to pick up some paperwork the owner or agent must complete and submit.


This information is provided by the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program within the Department of Public Health.