POINT PLEASANT — The borough council on March 13 introduced a new ordinance to comply with New Jersey’s new lead-based paint inspections law.
According to New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs’ [NJDCA] website, lead-based paint is usually not a hazard if it is in good condition, and the paint is not on an impact or friction surface, such as a window. Deteriorating lead-based paint [peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, or damaged paint] is a hazard and needs attention.
Lead dust can form when lead-based paint is scraped, sanded, or heated. Dust also forms when painted surfaces bump or rub together. Lead chips and dust can reside on surfaces and objects that people touch.
Borough Administrator Frank Pannucci explained, regarding the new measure, “What this does is require that any single family, two family or multiple dwelling unit offered for rental shall be required to obtain a lead-based paint inspection within two years retro to July 2, 2022 or upon a tenant turnover, whichever is earlier.”
NJDCA states for dwellings located in a municipality in which less than three percent of children tested, six years of age or younger, have a blood lead level greater than or equal to five micrograms per deciliter, the inspection may be carried out through visual inspection.
For dwellings located in a municipality in which at least three percent of children tested, six years of age or younger, have a blood lead level greater than or equal to five micrograms per deciliter, the inspection must be carried out through dust wipe sampling.
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