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The Indiana Lead and Healthy Homes Program (ILHHP) has as its goal the elimination of lead poisoning as a public health problem, especially among young children whose health and development are most susceptible to the harmful effects of lead. The primary source of lead poisoning is lead-based paint.
Lead was a component of most paints prior to the ban on lead-based paint in 1978. As it deteriorates with age, or when it is disturbed such as in remodeling and repair projects, lead paint can generate paint fragments, chips, and dust. These particles are ingested or inhaled by small children with very dangerous health consequences. Thus, the elimination of the lead paint sources in homes and child care facilities goes far in preventing lead poisoning and meeting the goal of eliminating this most preventable environmental disease.
Effective January 1, 2010, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has taken responsibility to implement and enforce the state and federal regulations concerning lead-based paint. The regulations are designed to eliminate environmental hazards by ensuring that trained lead professionals are available to conduct the safe and effective elimination of the primary sources of lead poisoning. The regulations are available at:
Indiana Administrative Code 410 IAC 32
For more detailed information on lead-based paint programs administered by the ILHHP click on the following links:
The Indiana Public Licensing Agency maintains the list of abatement contractors and other licensed lead professionals at the License Express option at:
Failure to comply with the rule may result in civil or criminal enforcement under Indiana Code Title 13, Article 30. ENFORCEMENT AND LEGAL ACTIONS.
In some instances, failure to comply with the rule can lead to denial or revocation of a current license. See 410 IAC 32-2-8 Lead-based paint license revocation; denial