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The lead information pamphlet titled "Renovate Right" states there is a kit consumers can use to collect samples to send to a lab if they suspect any lead hazards have been left after a renovation. Do samples like these need to be taken by certified abatement personnel or a dust sampling technician?

No. When all the work is finished, you may want to know if your home, child care facility, or school has been cleaned up properly. One way to check is a lead-dust test. Lead-dust tests are wipe samples sent to a laboratory for analysis. You have the choice of having a lead-dust test done by a lead professional or doing the testing yourself. If you choose to do the testing, some EPA-recognized lead laboratories will send you a kit that allows you to collect samples and send them back to the lab for analysis. Contact the 6 National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323) for lists of qualified professionals and EPA recognized lead labs. View a list of available EPA-recognized lead laboratories.  

Learn more about making sure your home, child care facility, or school has been cleaned properly after a renovation

Question Number: 23002-20555

Find a printable PDF copy of all frequent questions pertaining to lead.