Lead: Contractors & Building Owners


A Mutual Responsibility

As a contractor, you play an critical role in helping to prevent lead exposure. Ordinary renovation and maintenance activities can create toxic lead dust that can harm your customers, workers, and even yourself.   As a building owner or manager, the repairs and re-painting you perform could release hazardous lead dust which can be harmful to you, and your tenants.  By following lead-safe work practices, you can prevent lead hazards.


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Additional Services

Iowa Lead Safety provides more than training. Our services include lead inspection, risk assessment, lead sampling, clearance testing, air sampling and monitoring, hazard screening and component testing. We also offer project management and consultation services for your lead abatement project.  Use the link below for more information.

Helpful Forms & Links

Here you will find the most common documents needed and required to comply with lead notification and reporting regulations, as well as links to State and Federal regulations and other useful websites.


My license is expired, do I have to take the initial training course again?

No, you only need to take the appropriate refresher training course for the license that has expired. As a reminder, until your training and licensing are renewed, you are not able to perform work that falls under the lead renovator, lead abatement or lead inspection rules and regulations.

Does everyone that works for me have to have their lead safe renovator license?

Not always. There has to be at least 1 licensed lead safe renovator for the job in progress. That person can provide on the job training for individuals that are not licensed, but must adhere to the rules in Iowa Administrative Code 641, Chapter 70 regarding on the job training. Note: HUD housing requirements differ from Iowa's rules and may not allow on the job training. 

How often do I have to take a training course?

You must take a refresher training course every 3 years in order to renew your license.

What's the difference between lead abatement and lead renovation?

Projects where lead safe renovator rules apply are based upon repair, maintenance and renovation activities. Lead abatement projects are designed to permanently eliminate existing lead-based paint hazards. They may be ordered by a state or local government in response to a lead-poisoned child or other reason. Lead abatement activities are regulated differently than renovation, and repair jobs, even though, in some cases, the activities are similar.

Do I have to provide air monitoring for my employees when they are working with lead?

If lead is present in the workplace in any quantity, OSHA requires the employer to make an initial determination of whether the action level of lead is exceeded for any employee. This initial determination must include monitoring of the air for the presence of lead and must cover the exposure of a representative number of employees who are reasonably believed to be exposed to the highest lead levels.