December 29, 2014

Lead Paint in Housing

Marine Biological Laboratory
Policy No. F.1.2

Housing

Initiated by:Environmental, Health and Safety Manager
Director of Conferences and Housing
Approved by:MBL Director/CEO
Date:May 22, 1998
Revision:#1, November 16, 2001
Distribution:MBL Community

1.0Purpose

This policy has been developed to describe measures taken by the MBL to achieve effective compliance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations designed to protect children under the age of six from exposure to lead-based paints. Nothing in this policy prohibits the MBL Housing Office from establishing other policies that limit which units are rented to families with children.

2.0Status of MBL Housing

2.1The following units are known to contain lead paint and may not be rented to families with children under the age of six except as provided for under section 3.0 Exemptions. Except as noted, these units have been inspected by a licensed risk assessor.

2.1.1Ebert Hall

2.1.2The Brick Apartment Building

2.1.3Devils Lane Cottages #s 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 25, 26, 27, 28

2.1.4331 Oyster Pond Road (DL#1, head caretaker’s residence)

2.1.5F. R. Lillie Road # 43 and 47 (2 cottages)

2.1.6Crane House, 63 Millfield Street

2.1.7Veeder House (not inspected)

2.1.8David House (not inspected)

2.1.9Drew House (not inspected)

3.0Exemptions

3.1Rooming House Exemption

DPH regulation 105 CMR 460.100(E) exempts certain dwelling units and rooming houses from the provisions of 105 CMR 460, their Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control regulations.

3.1.1Families with children under six may be housed in Ebert Hall, Veeder House, Drew House, David House, or in any of the units in the Brick Apartment Building which do not have kitchen facilities.

3.1.2Each tenant with children under six staying in a unit covered by this exemption shall be offered a copy of the MBL’s Lead Paint Notification.

3.2 Short Term Rental Exemption

DPH regulation 105 CMR 460.100(D) exempts certain dwelling units rented on a short-term basis from the provisions of 105 CMR 460, their Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control regulations.

3.2.1Brick Apartment Building apartments with kitchens, Devils Lane Cottages, F.R. Lillie Road Cottages, and Crane House, that contain lead-based paints may be rented to families with children under six provided the conditions in sections 3.2.2 – 3.2.4 are met.

3.2.2Term
No child under six may occupy any unit exempted under this section for more than 31 days in any 12-month period.

3.2.3Notification
Each tenant with children under six staying in a unit covered by this exemption shall be offered a copy of the MBL’s Lead Paint Notification.

3.2.4Annual Inspections
Visual inspections of each unit rented under the short term rental exemption must be made on an annual basis. Any peeling, chipping, flaking paint, deteriorated plaster or putty shall be made intact. Records of these inspections shall be maintained.

4.0Policy Clarification and Updates:
Policy clarification and updates are available from the Environmental, Health and Safety Office.