Clearance Certificates

Lead Clearance Certificates

There are various types of lead clearance certificates in the State of New Hampshire which are governed by State Rule He-P 1600.

 

Certificates of Lead Free:

 

Only a licensed Risk Assessor may issue a certificate of lead free to the owner of a dwelling, dwelling unit, or child care facility. This can only be done when no lead-based paints or similar coatings, lead contaminated dust, or lead contaminated soils are found as a result of XRF testing, dust sampling of every room and soil sampling. Each of these elements is to be completed according to the HUD Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing.

 

The Certificate must contain a signed statement from the Risk Assessor certifying all dust, soil, and surface coating lead levels to be lead free.

 

Certificates of Lead Safe:

 

Only a licensed Risk Assessor may issue a certificate of lead safe to the owner of a dwelling, dwelling unit, or child care facility. This can only be done when a risk assessment or a clearance inspection has determined that all lead-based substances are being controlled, or are in a condition or location that does not pose a lead exposure hazard.

 

The Certificate must contain a signed statement from the Risk Assessor certifying that sampling and analyses accurately represent the conditions in the areas tested and that no lead exposure hazards were detected during the inspection. In addition, if abatement was the only method used to control the lead hazards, a statement that the certificate of lead safe shall remain in effect as long as there continue to be no lead exposure hazards present, and all encapsulates or enclosures remain in place and undamaged. If interim controls were used in whole or in part to control the lead exposure hazards, a statement that the certificate shall remain in effect for one year as long as there continue to be no lead exposure hazards present.

 

Certificates of Compliance:

 

Once again, only a licensed Risk Assessor may issue a certificate of compliance to the owner of a dwelling, dwelling unit, or child care facility. This certificate is issued to comply with an order of lead hazard reduction issued by the DHHS commissioner, if the results of the clearance inspection meet the required standards.

 

The Certificate must contain a signed statement from the Risk Assessor certifying that sampling and analyses accurately represent the conditions in the areas tested and that no lead exposure hazards were detected during the inspection. In addition, if abatement was the only method used to control the lead hazards, a statement that the certificate of lead safe shall remain in effect as long as there continue to be no lead exposure hazards present, and all encapsulates or enclosures remain in place and undamaged. If interim controls were used in whole or in part to control the lead exposure hazards, a statement that the certificate shall remain in effect for one year as long as there continue to be no lead exposure hazards present. The risk assessor is also required to submit a copy of the certificate of compliance to the DHHS within 10 days of issuing the certificate to the owner.

 

This summary is provided for reference and informational purposes only. Users are encouraged to view the entire legislation encompassed in New Hampshire Title X Statute and the State Rules.