Deleading vs. Renovation, Repair and Painting Work: What's the Difference?

While deleading activities conducted in residences and child-occupied facilities often involve work methods similar to those typically used in renovation, repair or painting (RRP) activities, such as replacing windows, painting and installing vinyl siding, the two types of activities are distinct from each other in terms of purpose and effect.

Deleading work is work conducted to achieve compliance with the Massachusetts Lead Law through the abatement of lead paint hazards. Carried through to completion, deleading work leads to the issuance of a document called a Letter of Compliance, which indicates that the property has met deleading requirements administered by the Childhood Lead Poisoning Program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (CLPPP) under the Massachusetts Lead Law and 105 CMR 460.000. In some instances, deleading work takes place after the owner has received an order to bring the property into compliance with the Massachusetts Lead Law. In other instances, the owner voluntarily decides to delead the property and seek a Letter of Compliance.

Renovation work (RRP work) is work conducted for a fee that disturbs more than threshold amounts of painted surfaces in pre-1978 residences (target housing) and child-occupied facilities (kindergartens, daycares, etc.), where the purpose of the work is other than the abatement of lead paint hazards or the achievement of a Letter of Compliance. Renovation work is often carried out to repair, upgrade or beautify the property.

Once you have made the initial determination regarding whether your project is a renovation project or a deleading project, the next question is how to choose a contractor who is licensed and qualified to perform the work. Click on the following link to view a helpful guide on choosing a deleading contractor, " Deleader Contractor Information Bulletin pdf format of deleader_contract_bulletin.pdf ." Click on the following link to view a helpful guide on choosing a "lead safe" renovation contractor, " Lead Safe Renovation Contractor Information Bulletin pdf format of lsr_contract_bulletin.pdf ."