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 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 deleading may be performed?

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

  • Have the home inspected by a licensed lead inspector
  • Review the Low-Risk Deleading Packet and/or the Encapsulation Training Handbook
  • 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 low-risk deleading be done?

Low-risk deleading can't be done while a 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 low-risk deleading is complete, the lead inspector will return to check that the work was done properly. They will also give the owner some paperwork that must be completed and submitted. 


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