The Federal Government has determined that levels of lead found in the paint used on houses built prior to 1978 may constitute hazards to the occupants. Lead-based paint dust and chips have been targeted as the primary areas of concern. Children under the age of six and pregnant women have been determined to be most at risk to these hazards.
The Federal Government and Washington State have issued lead-based paint requirements when completing rehabilitation projects on housing built prior to 1978. The HOME Consortium's adherence to lead-related requirements and the implementation of corrective action shall be governed by the Lead Based Paint Poisoning Prevention ACT of 1971 (42 U.S.C. 4821 et. seq.), Title X of the 1992 Housing and Community Development Act (24 CFR Part 35), and/or the current applicable Federal Government of Washingtonn State requirement.
Common problems found in older units include asbestos siding and wraps on older furnaces, Asbestos may be present in textured paint and in patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints., Walls and floors around woodburning stoves may be protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets. Among other places, asbestos can also be found in some vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives.
Due to the risk of asbestos containing material when doing rehabilitation in homes, Yakima County HOME Consortium orders a Good Faith Asbestos inspection on any surface that will be disturbed as part of the rehabilitation. Appropriate control hazards and abatement activities shall be performed, when such is mandated by Federal and State requirements.