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San Diego Residential Lead Abatement Program (SDRLAP)

The City of San Diego is currently working towards developing a Program to inspect and abate private residential structures. This program is being funded as part of a lawsuit settlement, so these services will be at little or no cost to property owners. We anticipate enrolling properties sometime in 2021.

What will these funds be used for?

The primary purpose of the funding is to remediate lead hazards from privately owned residential properties. Lead paint is the primary source of childhood lead poisoning. Even small levels of lead in a child’s blood can do permanent damage including loss of I.Q. and behavior problems. SDRLAP funding will also be used for education and outreach activities.

What impact will this have on San Diego residents and local businesses?

Property Owners: At little or no cost to property owners, funding from this settlement is anticipated to pay for lead inspections, lead-hazard assessments and remediation of lead hazards. The design of the hazard control remediation plan will be done in collaboration with the property owner. If required, residents will be temporarily relocated during these renovations.

Lead in Construction Inspection Firms: The services of firms with staff certified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) as Lead Inspector/Risk Assessors and Project Monitors will be needed to conduct the lead hazard inspection, project design and project monitoring services.

Licensed Abatement Contractors: The services of contractors with staff certified by CDPH as Lead Abatement Supervisors and Workers will be needed to conduct the lead hazard remediation activities.

General Contractors:  The City will be offering free, state-certified Lead-Related Construction supervisor trainings to local firms. This five day training, which typically costs more than $600 per person, and the corresponding certifications, are required for contractors who conduct tasks that permanently eliminate lead-based paint hazards.  Licensed general contractors who have these certifications will have an opportunity to bid on lead hazard abatement projects funded as part of this new Program.   For those agencies that obtain their “supervisor” certifications, we will also be offering free three day worker trainings at a later time.  These certifications are not difficult to obtain, but the certification process can take time to complete.

To learn more about these state certifications visit the CDPH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention website.

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