The Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program's (CLPPP's) regulations allow people who are not deleaders to do moderate-risk deleading.

The purpose of these regulations is to lower the costs of deleading, with the ultimate goal of having more children's homes being made lead-safe.

What type of work may be done by those trained to do moderate-risk deleading?

Removing: windows, woodwork and any residential surface, with the exception of ceilings and walls.

Making intact: (repairing for repainting, not scraping down to bare wood) small amounts of deteriorated lead paint. A small amount is no more than 2 square feet per interior room, hallway or common area, and no more than 10 square feet total on exterior surfaces.

Who can do moderate-risk work?

Property owners and their agents. Before beginning any deleading work, they must complete the course required by CLPPP and pass a CLPPP exam. Owners and agents who pass will receive a certificate from CLPPP as proof that they are authorized to do this work.

Lead-safe renovators. Contractors must complete the training required by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, pass an exam and become licensed.

What else do I need to know about the owner/agent moderate risk training course?

  • The course is one-day long. It covers safety procedures, cleanup and what is required to meet the Lead Law and Regulations requirements.
  • Carpentry skills are not covered in the course. Owners and agents considering doing moderate-risk deleading work should have such skills.
  • The course is offered across the state by private groups and organizations approved by CLPPP. The cost varies depending on the training provider. CLPPP has no control over the cost of courses.
  • Individuals authorized to perform moderate-risk deleading activities are automatically authorized to perform low-risk deleading activities, including encapsulation.

To find out about moderate-risk courses being offered in your area, review the CLPPP list of Moderate Risk Training Providers.


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