Follow The Lead Safe Renovator Rule

If you or your company provides remodeling, renovation or other home and building improvement services, don’t risk facing thousands of dollars in fines.  And, more importantly, don’t place your tenants and clients at risk for lead poisoning. With proper certification, you don’t need to limit your work to housing and buildings built after 1978.

Federal and Iowa laws now mandate that any contractor or maintenance staff member whose work will disrupt more than ONE square foot of a painted surface in pre-1978 housing or child-occupied facilities must be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices.


The Lead Safe Renovator rule includes, but is not limited to, contractors and staff who provide these services:

  • plumbers
  • painters
  • electricians
  • HVAC
  • windows, siding, gutters and roofing
  • flooring
  • garage doors
  • central vac
  • handyman services
  • countertops and cabinets

Before working on any home or child-occupied facility built before 1978, contractors must provide the brochure  Lead Poisoning – How To Protect Iowa Families to clients and building occupants prior to commencing work.  They must also obtain the proper signatures on the notification forms included in the brochure.


To minimize your risk, always choose a contractor who is certified by the Iowa Department of Public Health as a Lead Safe Renovator.  A few tips on ensuring your select a well-trained contractor include:

  • ask to see a copy of their certificate
  • make sure your agreement/contract with the contractor spells out clearly who will test for lead, how the work will be set up, performed and how the work area will be cleaned
  • verify that the contractor is certified in Iowa by calling the Iowa Lead Prevention Bureau at 1-800-972-2026