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SC DHEC AND LEAD RISK ASSESSMENTS...

The Department of Health and Environmental Control is no longer conducting lead risk assessments as part of their routine environmental sanitation inspections of child care facilities and homes. DHEC will continue to check vinyl mini-blinds for potential lead contamination and will make recommendations for risk assessments based on the age of the building and/or observations during inspections. Such an assessment is necessary when a building, particularly a residence, was built prior to 1978, or when the inspection DHEC conducts indicates (usually by the condition of the structure) that a risk assessment is advisable.

When it is determined that this more detailed assessment is necessary the Department of Social Services will be alerted and providers will be provided information about contacting a private sector EPA-certified risk assessor. Existing child care operations should have already been checked for lead and new applications would only require a risk assessment under the particular conditions described above. DHEC will continue to conduct the remainder of the environmental sanitation inspection according to DSS regulations.

Questions should be directed to your Regional office of Child Care Regulatory Services.