By the end of April all contractors that receive compensation are required by law to follow new EPA rules when disturbing homes containing lead based paint. Habitat falls into this category when we rehab. older occupied or unoccupied homes. If affiliates take HUD funds, the are additional requirements in dealing with lead based paint.
I have taken the lead requirements and condensed them into a 4 page lead safe summary document for easier reference. We are also working with our regional EPA to get future clarification on how these rules might be changed in general and for volunteer programs like Habitat.
It is a good idea to check with the EPA website for periodic changes and to work with your regional office for any questions or clarifications. The EPA website is epa.gov/lead. To find the EPA regional office see epa.gov/epahome/postal.htm#regional. (Home Repair)