EPA Regulations on Sandblasting Lead Paint

Lead is a toxic metal that was once used in many household products, including paint. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends removing lead paint from your home safely. Sandblasting can be an effective paint removal technique, but it must be done with care.

Paint Removal

Cracking lead paint can turn into hazardous dust in the air.

The EPA requires that contractors and individuals disturbing more than 6 square feet of lead paint attend safety training prior to beginning construction. Anyone disturbing or removing the paint is required to contain the work area, minimize dust and clean up completely when the job is done.

Sandblasting Techniques

Sandblasters should be used on lower power when removing lead paint to reduce the amount of hazardous dust created. This will also help contain the work area.

Protective Gear

When removing lead paint, particularly with a sandblaster which will create dust, all operators must use a face mask and safety goggles. Additionally, the operator must seal any air vents, drains and faucets to prevent further contamination.

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