15A NCAC 18A .3104       INVESTIGATION TO IDENTIFY LEAD POISONING HAZARDS

(a)  The Department shall conduct an investigation when it reasonably suspects that a lead poisoning hazard to children exists.  Reasonable suspicion of a lead poisoning hazard to children may be based on the presence of the following characteristics:

(1)           a residential housing unit or a child-occupied facility built before 1950, a unit or facility built before 1978 that contains readily accessible deteriorated paint, or a unit or facility built before 1978 that is undergoing or has undergone renovations or remodeling within the last six months, unless the unit is lead-safe housing or is in compliance with the maintenance standard;

(2)           a child less than six years old residing in, regularly visiting, or attending the unit or facility; and

(3)           a referral by a local, state, or federal public health, environmental protection, or human services official, or building inspector.

(b)  Notwithstanding the existence of a certificate of compliance with the maintenance standard, the Department shall investigate a residential housing unit occupied or regularly visited by a child less than six years old who has a persistent elevated blood lead level or confirmed lead poisoning.

(c)  The Department may upon request conduct an investigation to identify lead poisoning hazards at a proposed or substitute residential housing unit of a child less than six years old with a persistent elevated blood lead level or confirmed lead poisoning who is seeking alternative housing.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 130A-131.5; 130A‑131.7; 130A-131.8; 130A-131.9A;

Eff. October 1, 1990;

Transferred and Recodified from 15A NCAC 19I .0104 Eff. August 28, 1991;

Transferred and Recodified from 15A NCAC 21E .0404 Eff. February 18, 1992;

Amended Eff. August 1, 1996;

Temporary Amendment Eff. November 21, 1997;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1999.