Lead was added to paint and other surface finishes such as stain and varnish, for color and durability. In 1978, the Consumer Products Safety Commission banned the sale of lead based paint for residential use, but existing supplies of products meant some properties built at this time may have lead based paint.
Lead is a poison that is hazardous, particularly for children and pregnant women, but also for adults. Very small amounts of lead dust exposure can create damaging health effects.
Renovation, repair, painting and abatement activities are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Housing and Urban Development.
Risk Removal is a Colorado certified lead abatement contractor and is certified with the EPA to perform lead repair, renovation and painting.