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Learn about low-risk deleading

With training, you can perform low-risk deleading without a licensed deleader.

Low-risk deleading can significantly reduce deleading costs. It may be performed by anyone 18 or older, as long as they review training materials and complete an at-home test.

What types of work is 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.
  • 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 I do before any low-risk deleading can start?

Before low-risk deleading can be done, you must: 

  • Have the home inspected by a licensed lead inspector
  • Review the Low-Risk Deleading Packet and the Encapsulation Training Handbook if you are using encapsulants.
  • Complete the at-home test and return it to the Massachusetts Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP)
  • Receive an authorization number from CLPPP

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When can I do low-risk deleading?

Low-risk deleading can't be done while a licensed deleader is working. Occupants must be out of the work area (room) for most low-risk work.

What do I do when the low-risk work is done?

After low-risk deleading is complete, the lead inspector will return to check that your work was done properly. You must give the lead inspector your authorization number from your training and the invoice.

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