Is lead-based paint allowed in child care?

Prior to 1978 lead-based paint was widely used, and any pre-1978 structure may contain lead-based paint.  It is important to understand the difference between lead-based paint and a lead hazard.  Lead hazards are not permitted in child care, but the simple existence of lead-based paint does not necessarily constitute a lead hazard.  Lead-based paint that is deteriorating or on a friction surface are examples of a lead hazard that is not permitted in child care. 

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