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Formal efforts for the control of childhood lead poisoning in New Hampshire began with the adoption of RSA 130-A (Lead Paint Prevention and Control Act of 1993). This statute provides the DPHS with the authority to inspect rental dwelling units and licensed child care facilities for the presence of lead exposure hazards when a child less than six years of age, has a venous blood lead level of 7.5mcg/dL or higher.

When lead exposure hazards are identified in a rental property with a resident child under the age of 6 with a venous blood lead level of 7.5mcg/dL or higher, the DPHS issues an Order of Lead Hazard Reduction to the property owner. For owner occupied properties, a letter of Recommendation is issued.

Lead exposure hazards are defined as:

  • Lead based substances which are peeling, chipping, chalking or cracking, or any paint located on an interior or exterior surface of fixture that is damaged or deteriorated and is likely to become accessible to a child.
  • Lead based substances on interior or exterior surfaces that are subject to abrasion or friction or subject to damage by repeated impact.
  • The presence of lead based substances on chewable, accessible, horizontal surfaces that protrude more than 1/2 inch and are located more than 6 inches but, less than 4 feet from the floor or ground.
  • Bare soil in children’s play areas that has equal to or greater than 400 parts per million (PPM) of lead or 1200ppm average of lead for bare soil in the rest of the yard.

The statute also requires all lead inspectors, risk assessors as well as lead abatement contractors, supervisors, and workers in NH be certified and licensed.

The Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (HHLPPP) seeks to eliminate exposure to lead through development and enforcement of regulations; professional and public education; certification of lead paint professionals; inspections of suspected sources of lead; monitoring of reported blood lead levels; and, case management for individuals with elevated lead levels. Below you will find links to information resources, a list of licensed lead professionals, and forms for property owners who have been issued an order of lead hazard reduction.



  • Renovate Right Brochure Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol General information about legal requirements for safe lead practices for homeowners, tenants, child care providers and parents during renovation activities. September 2011 revised version.
  • Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home Brochure: Required to be provided to prospective buyers and renters of pre-1978 homes and apartments. December 2012 revised version

ConstructionNH Licensed Lead Professionals

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