Overview: Lead Safe Certification
The goal of the Lead Safe Certification Program is to reduce lead-based paint hazards in every school building and ensure that classrooms and other areas are free of paint chips, and lead-containing dust and debris on a daily basis and after every facilities, maintenance or capital project.
What you should know about the District’s Lead Safe Certification Program:
- Student safety is out first priority!
- Lead Safe Certification Assessments will be begin in all schools constructed prior to 1978, and other buildings deemed likely to contain lead-based paint.
- Before a Lead Safe project begins in a school, Certified Lead Inspectors will assess the building to identify conditions of loose, peeling, flaking and crumbling paint and plaster.
- Families and school communities will be notified at least 10 days prior to an assessment. Assessment results will be posted on this page (below) within 10 days of receipt.
- The damage found as a result of the assessments will be managed and controlled by the school’s facilities staff until a Lead Safe repairs can be completed.
- Lead Safe projects are completed and/or supervised by individuals who are trained and certified in United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lead-based paint renovation, repair and painting (RRP) work practices.
- Facilities cleaning staff are trained in the District’s lead safe cleaning standards. Routine cleaning will take place in every school to ensure that schools are safe for students on a daily basis.
For more information about lead, please contact the Lead Prevention Unit of the Philadelphia Department of Health at (215) 685-2788 or visit phila.gov/health/childhoodlead.