The Lead Paint Poisoning Act passed by the Congress of the United States banned the use of lead paint starting January 1, 1978. Therefore, all paint applied prior to 1978 is considered suspect, and many residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings contain lead-based paint. Hazardous levels of lead are also commonly found in dust, soil and drinking water supplies. Federal, state and local regulations govern the assessment and abatement of lead hazards, and lead must be properly removed or contained to prevent exposure by residents and building occupants. Therefore, lead hazards are a potential financial liability to property owners and lenders regarding abatement and containment costs. Lead hazard management must be conducted by certified and trained personnel. EA personnel are properly trained to provide all aspects of lead hazard control including baseline surveys, assessments, operations and maintenance, management planning and abatement.