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Louisiana Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
1450 Poydras St. Suite 2046
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 568-8259

Department of Safety and Permits
1300 Perdido Street
Room 7E0
504-658-7130

RULES AND REGULATIONS
Universal Screening Mandate LAC 48: V.7005
New Orleans City Ordinance No. 20345 (for a summary of the ordinance click here)
Overview of EPA RRP Rule

INFORMATIONAL BROCHURES
EPA Renovate Right
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Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home
Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home en español

ACTION PLAN FOR A PARENT WHOSE NEIGHBOR IS DRY SANDING THE EXTERIOR OF THEIR HOME IN NEW ORLEANS

1. SPEAK TO THE WORKERS ON SITE

a) Ask the contractor if they have tested the house for lead paint.

b) Ask if they have a permit from the city, and ask if it has been posted on site.

c) Ask to see the results of the lead test. Ask if they used one of the EPA certified lead test kits. These are: Lead-check and De-lead).

d) If you are still concerned you may call the city and the EPA Regional office to make sure the work is being done properly. If you wish, inform them that you are contacting these agencies so that they know they will be held accountable.

The goal is to let the workers and contractor know there is a concerned parent paying attention. You need to do this first. If they don’t know a concerned parent is paying attention you may have hours or even days worth of lead dust aerated into the air before any authority contacts them. The dust may settle on your home and the surrounding area.

2. SPEAK TO THE HOME OWNER

a) The quickest resolution to the exterior sanding problem is for there to be no exterior dry sanding. Scraping works just as well as sanding.  Try and convey your concerns to the homeowner, and gauge their willingness to speak to the contractor and change the job description.

b) If there is any insurance liability it is likely that it will fall on the homeowner’s policy.

3.  Call The Louisiana Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program:
(504) 568-8259 and the New Orleans Dept. of Safety and Permits: 504-658-7130

a) Tell them there is a sanding job in proximity to young children and you are concerned the work site is not being organized in the proper manner. Ask them to come to the site and check.

4. CALL THE LEAD ENFORCEMENT DIVISION FOR REGION 6 OF THE EPA: 214-665-2165. TELL THEM THERE IS AN EXTERIOR SANDING JOB AT THE ADDRESS IN QUESTION AND YOUR CONCERN THAT THE PROPER PROCEDURES ARE NOT BEING FOLLOWED.

5. If you feel nothing is moving you closer to the goal of safe exterior sanding, you may call OSHA (worker safety): 972-850-4178 or 972-850-4162.

6. Call The National Lead Information Center: 1 (800) 424-LEAD [5323]. (when given options press 9 to speak to someone.) They are very good for an overview, information, and advice.

THE PARENT MUST BE THE INCENTIVE FOR THE CHANGING THE COST/BENEFIT CALCULATION OF THOSE DOING EXTERIOR SANDING IN NEW ORLEANS!

Ideally this happens by persuading the homeowner. But the regulated part of the equation is the contractor. You must be sure the contractor is licensed, has properly tested the home, and is using what is required (hepa-vac sanders, sealed enclosure on the sanded area, with certificates and permits posted.) Most of all you must be sure the contractor knows you are there and are highly concerned with the work they are doing.