Lead Paint

Even though lead-based paint is rarely used any more due to the health risk it poses to children, it can be found in many buildings and residences, on interior and exterior walls, windowsills and other surfaces. If your campus has buildings erected before 1950, you should be particularly concerned. Renovations to older dormitories, for example, may generate paint waste that is considered hazardous and therefore subject to federal and state regulations. Scraping lead-based paint may also trigger requirements of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), as well as OSHA requirements for worker protection.

To find out more about environmental regulatory issues associated with disposal of paint residue, continue through this section of the tour.

In addition, even though college and university dormitories are not subject to the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)'s landlord/tenant requirements associated with lead, the following link provides some useful information regarding lead in paint because many students often live in off-campus apartments, where TSCA lead requirements may apply.