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Lead Testing Laboratory

Category Press Release
Publish Date 2/28/2017
Author Christina Puggi
Title HUD Announces Revised Dust Wipe Lead Levels in New Policy Guidance
Introduction EMSL's lead labs are in compliance with the new policy guidance for the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control and Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grantees.

Cinnaminson, NJ, February 28, 2017  

EMSL Analytical, Inc. is pleased to announce that its lead testing laboratories are already in compliance with the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) new policy guidance for its Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control (LBPHC) and Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration (LHRD) grantees.

As of April 1st, 2017, dust hazard and clearance action levels will be shown as follows:


  • Interior Floors:
    - Minimum wipe area of 288 in.2 (2.0 ft.2) to allow reporting of < 5 µg/ ft.2
      EMSL suggests a wipe area of 288 in.2 (2.0 ft.2)

  • Exterior Porch Floors:
    - Minimum wipe area of 72 in.2 (0.50 ft.2) to allow reporting of < 20 µg/ ft.2
      EMSL suggests a wipe area of 144 in.2 (1.0 ft.2)

  • Window Sills:
    - Minimum wipe area of 28.8 in.2 (0.2 ft.2) to allow reporting of < 50 µg/ ft.2
      EMSL suggests a wipe area of 72 in.2 (0.5 ft.2)

  • Window Troughs:
    - Minimum wipe area of 28.8 in.2 (0.2 ft.2) to allow reporting of < 50 µg/ ft.2
     EMSL suggests a wipe area of 72 in.2 (0.5 ft.2)


“It’s important to note some oddities,” said Jeffrey Siria, M.S., Ph.D., National Director of Lead/Laboratory Manager at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “For example, an attached garage floor is considered an interior floor, so a minimum 288 in.2 (2.0 ft.2) would apply. For an enclosed porch with a roof and walls and not just screens, the floor is considered an interior floor. Our leading experts can help recommend the best area to sample as well as provide necessary sampling supplies.”

EMSL tests for lead in bulk samples (paint chips, debris & materials), air samples, wipe samples, waste water samples, drinking water samples, soil samples as well as consumer products. The laboratory offers EPA Standard Methods in addition to ASTM and/or CDC methodologies utilizing various analytical techniques and instrumentation.

The laboratory also offers a Lead in Paint & Dust Test Kit and a Drinking Water Test Kit that can be found at For a complete list of EMSL’s laboratory locations, accreditations and capabilities, please visit For more information, please call 1-800-220-3675 or email

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical, Inc. is one of the leading testing laboratories with over 40 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at for a complete listing of accreditations.  In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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