Rhode Island Home Lead Inspector

What type of inspection is right for you?

Rhode Island Lead Testing Inspection PriceRhode Island has two separate and distinct governmental bodies that regulate lead paint and other lead hazards in residential housing. The Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH) is the primary governing agency and deals with issues involving lead poisoned children, creating standards for the testing and assessment of lead hazards and the standards for issuance of “Certificates of Lead-Safe Status.” The DOH also regulates the licensing of lead inspectors and technicians within the state.

The Rhode Island Housing Resource Commission (HRC) is an agency that was recently created to oversee, among other things, the new Lead Mitigation Law. HRC has created the standards for “Letters of Conformance.”

The differences between a Certificate of Lead-Safe Status and a Letter of Conformance are many and each have their purposes. The following is a brief explanation of the two types:

Lead-Safe Certificate: This is a very broad type of compliance letter that is issued following a comprehensive inspection of lead hazards commonly found in paint, soil, water and dust. An inspector will take samples of drinking water; exposed soil around the house and in play areas; samples of dust on floors and window areas; and, assess paint hazards in all rooms, common areas and the building exterior. The assessment of paint generally involves testing with a portable X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer (XRF) which measures the weight of lead present, or by using a chemical spot check containing “sodium rhodizinate.” Inspectors without these tools merely identify if loose paint is present and assume that it contains lead. If no hazards are present in paint, soil, water or dust a Certificate of Lead-Safe Status can be issued. This type of certificate is required for homes with poisoned children and considered the best one for children at risk or for parents with the highest need for peace of mind. In cases where a home is built after 1978 a special compliance letter called a “Certificate of Lead-Free Status” can be issued with very little testing.

Letter of Conformance:This is a very limited type of compliance letter used only to confirm that the minimum standards for lead in housing has been met. The survey consists of a visual inspection of the painted surfaces in order to identify loose paint or paint damaged from friction or impact surfaces. Friction and impact surfaces are generally associated with door and window units. All loose paint is assumed to contain lead in this type of survey and no actual testing of the paint takes place. Unfortunately, that could mean that paint that is lead-free, but in a loose condition, would need treatment in order to pass. A visual inspection for exposed soil within 5 feet of the building exterior and other structures is also conducted, and a minimal number of dust wipes are collected within the unit interior and analyzed by an approved laboratory for lead content.

A Letter of Conformance is issued when:

  1. there is no loose paint;
  2. there are no painted friction points on doors;
  3. there are no painted friction or impact surfaces in window units;
  4. there is no exposed soil within 5 feet of the house, garage or other structures;
  5. and, dust wipes collected on floors, windows and upholstery have lead levels below the allowable threshold.

Choosing a fully licensed Environmental Lead Inspector over a Technician will give you more options and real test results!

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