The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned lead-based paint for consumer use in 1978. Any structures, homes and buildings constructed before 1978 must have lead-safe work practices implemented when renovation projects are planned. Companies must be lead-safe certified in order to perform certain renovations in older buildings.Continue Reading
Some states banned lead in paint before 1978. Lead from paint is the leading cause of lead poisoning in the United States.
Leaded gasoline was banned in all U.S. gasolines as of Dec. 31, 1995. In 1986, regular gasoline contained 0.1 grams of lead per gallon, down from 4.0 grams per gallon in the 1970s. Since 1996, unleaded gasoline is allowed to contain no more than .05 grams of lead per gallon.Learn more about Chemistry