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CLEARcorps and Detroit Lead Paint Inspections

CLEARcorps and Detroit Lead Paint Inspections 

Since 2010  the Detroit Property Maintenence Code has made it mandatory for owners of rental properties built before 1978 to undergo lead inspections every few years. This is news to many landlords. CLEARcorps has been tasked with getting landlords who are unaware of the law or noncompliant up to code, by sending out notices. 

Lead in paint is one of the largest sources of lead poisoning, causing a variety of health issues.   Fertility damage, kidney damage, high blood pressure in adults, and behavior /learning disabilities in children.  The threat is so prevalent that in 2004  over 6% of children tested for lead exposure by the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness tested positive for lead exposure. 

If you own rental properties in Detroit, built before 1978, or received a notice from CLEARcorps about needing a lead risk assessment or lead clearance, you can find more information about the lead ordinance here. 

In order for the rental property to be occupied in the City of Detroit, the owner must have a Certificate of Rental Registration and a Certificate of Compliance. Neither of which can be obtained without a Lead Clearance.   Inspections are generally required before the lead clearance as most homes in the city are old enough that they will likely have lead hazards of some sort. 

If a property is being rented without the proper clearance, financial penalties can be steep. Fee’s range anywhere from $500 – $8,000 depending on the size of the property. These fines are additional to those that simply not having a certificate of compliance. 

All Landlords are liable to be held responsible for the lead in their rental properties under State, local and federal laws. National laws require landlords to disclose all known lead hazards to tenants even if the hazards have been abated or controlled. 


OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction

OSHA’s New Silica Guidelines

This summer OSHA published a guide to help small businesses comply with agency standards for worker exposure to silica.   The new exposure rules went into effect in June and companies have until 2018 to comply.

What is Silica?

Crystalline Silica is a known carcinogen, and exposure can trigger a chronic disease called Silicosis. Silicosis is a deadly disease that scars the lungs and leads to lung cancer. The proposed rule looks to save 700 lives, and prevent 1,600 cases of Silicosis every year. OSHA estimates that 2.3 million workers are exposed to the silica dust, along with an additional 2 million workers in the construction industry.Workers in high energy operations like cutting, drilling or crushing rock may create small particles of respirable silica. These particles are 100 times smaller than sand. The new OSHA guidelines lower the permissible exposure limit to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air during an 8-hour shift. Where can I find information to comply? While OSHA has previously written compliance guides for silica and construction, the new guide focuses on small businesses. There is also an OSHA fact sheet available here.

For an ‘At a Glance’ approach to Silica, ETC has created this handy InfoGraphic for ease of use:



Mold Prevention Tips

Mold growth, which often looks like spots, can be many different colors, and can smell musty. If you can see or smell mold, a health risk may be present. You do not need to know the type of mold growing in your home, and CDC does not recommend or perform routine sampling for molds. No matter what type of mold is present, you should remove it.


Mold and Your Health

Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects, or none at all. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions.


8 Lead Safety Tips

With the Flint Water crisis bringing lead poisoning into the spotlight and garnering national attention, many people are left wondering what steps they can take to help ensure their families well being. While some elements may seem uncontrollable, there are steps you can take to create a lead safe home for your little one.

  • Test Older Homes & Buildings: If you have a home built before 1978, there is a good chance there is lead paint within your home. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning, but the good news is it is easy to test for thre preseence of lead based paint with a simple Lead Inspection and Risk Assessment combo. Knowledge is power, and if you're aware of threats to your home or family, it's easy to contain them.
  • Schedule Deep Cleanings: A common source of lead exposure is from dust. While simply keeping an area dust free helps , you can take extra steps if you think your family may be at risk. You can limit this exposure risk by cleaning with a Tri-Sodium Phosphate cleaner. Tri-Sodium Phosphate bonds to the lead in the dust, and helps assure that harmful lead will not linger behind.
  • Be mindful of lead in toys & toy jewelry: When a child puts an object containing lead in his or her mouth, they can suffer seriously from lead poisoning. While there are laws in the united states to curtail this problem, other country's do not share the same industry standards. Parents should be mindful of their children's toys, and consider the country of origin before giving them to extremely small children.
  • Limit contact to Lipstick and other cosmetics: While letting the little ones play dress up is certain to keep them quiet for a while, the law doesn’t require cosmetic products or ingredients, other than color additives, to have FDA approval before they go on the market. The FDA also doesn’t require cosmetic firms to share their safety data with them, as makeup is not to be ingested. Some beauty products can contain high amounts of lead, that when applied correctly, may pose no threat, but when used in abundance, and perhaps even ingested by a child can pose a major threat.
  • Watch out for Dirt: If you live in the city,there may be lead in the dirt outside your home. Not to meiton that before 1996 , Gas and the exhaust from automobiles contained lead. More lead will be found in dirt in area's of highertraffic. The good news is testing your soil for lead is easy and can be done for around $300. Contact ETC for more info...
  • Keep crafting and hobby supplies secure: Solder, bullets, stained glass framing material, fishing sinkers and lures, and other hobby objects could contain significant amounts of lead. Keeping these materials far from tiny hands is advised.
  • Renovate Safely: Sanding, Cutting, replacing windows, and more can create lead dust which is a household hazards. If you plan on renovating be sure to use an EPA certified agency, or get Lead training your self. Lead RRP classes are fast, cheap, and only take one day to ensure safety for five years. Read more about Lead RRP Classes...
  • Be mindful of workplace hazards: If you work in a industry with a heavy amount of lead exposure, take care in where you leave your laundry, as you could track lead dust around the house.dust, and water for lead.

Share and print this helpful Infographic if you have concerns about lead paint exposure in your home!