The table below consists of the individuals certified by DOEE to conduct lead-based paint activities in the District. Their presence on this list does not represent a statement about the quality of their work.
Different types of certifications are required depending on the type of activity being performed. A list of DOEE-certified lead-based paint professionals may be found at: Lead-Based Paint Abatement-Renovation Companies & Lead-Based Paint Consultant Companies. Below are a few tips to help select the right company/individuals for projects:
- Lead-Based Paint Testing: These activities may only be conducted by inspectors and risk assessors.
- Lead Abatement Activities: This is a set of measures, except interim controls, that eliminates lead-based paint hazards by either the removal of paint and dust, the enclosure or encapsulation of lead-based paint, the replacement of painted surfaces or fixtures, or the removal or covering of soil, and all preparation, cleanup, disposal, and post-abatement clearance testing activities associated with such measures. Lead abatement activities may only be conducted by abatement workers and supervisors. (20 DCMR § 3316)
- Lead Renovation Activities: This is the modification of any existing structure or portion thereof that results in the disturbance of painted surfaces, unless that activity is performed as part of an abatement. The term "renovation" includes the removal, modification, or repair of painted surfaces or painted components, the removal of building components, weatherization projects, and interim controls that disturb painted surfaces. (See DC Official Code §8-231.01 & 20 DCMR §3399). Most renovation activities may only be conducted by abatement workers and supervisors, however some interim control renovation activities may be performed by either abatement workers/supervisors or EPA certified renovators. Owners should check with DOEE, if needed, to determine whether a project requires an abatement certification. EPA certified renovators may find themselves in violation of District requirements if they perform work requiring an abatement certification, even if they are compliance with EPA requirements. (20 DCMR § 3310)
- Clearance Examination: This is an evaluation of a property to determine whether the property is free of any deteriorated lead-based paint and underlying condition, or any lead-based paint hazard, underlying condition, lead-contaminated dust, and lead-contaminated soil hazards. The type of certification required to conduct a clearance examination depends on the type of clearance to be conducted. If the clearance is being conducted for an abatement permit (20 DCMR § 3316), or the initial clearance pursuant to an Administrative Order to Eliminate Lead-Based Hazards (20 DCMR § 3318), it may only be conducted by a risk assessor. Clearance examinations for renovations (20 DCMR § 3310), changes in occupancy (20 DCMR § 3314), and interim controls (except the initial clearances pursuant to an Administrative Order) may be conducted by a risk assessor, an inspector, or, if there are no soil sampling required, by a dust sampling technician (20 DCMR § 3315).