• 3M LeadCheck EPA Compliance

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    EPA RRP Compliance

    LeadCheck™ Instant Lead Test was the first commercially available lead test kit recognized by EPA for use on painted wood and metal.

    • Resources

      EPA Trainers
      Count on 3M to supply you with EPA-recognized 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs. Your state may have more stringent lead detection criteria and we can help you understand how this applies to the renovators in your classes, and how we can help with 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs. Our customer service representatives are trained to facilitate Trainer orders, ensuring 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs are received in time for the test kit segment of class, and to answer your questions. Call us now: 1-800-262-LEAD (5323).

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    RoHS Compliance

    The Restrictions of Hazardous Substances, commonly referred to as the RoHS Directive, is a lead-free initiative launched by the European Union in 2003 and became effective July 1st, 2006. This directive restricts the use of six dangerous substances frequently used in the manufacturing of electronic equipment.

    The below table represents those substances deemed toxic by the RoHS Directive along with their corresponding levels of concentrated allowable weight.

    • Material

      Lead (Pb)
      Cadmium (Cd)
      Mercury (Hg)
      Hexavalent chromium (Hex-Cr)
      Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
      Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)

      The presence of these materials is considered a health hazard to workers as well as a threat to the environment.

    • Allowable Amount

      0.1% by weight
      0.01% by weight
      100ppm or less
      0.01% by weight
      0.1% by weight
      0.1% by weight


    Renovators Compliance

    • Renovators Compliance

      On April 22, 2010, EPA issued a federal mandate requiring contractors renovating, repairing or painting structures built before 1978 to test for lead and employ lead-safe practices.

      3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs was the first commercially available instant lead detection test recognized by EPA for use on wood and metal. As of April 1, 2012, 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs are also EPA recognized for use on drywall and plaster surfaces.

      At less than $5 a swab, 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs are a cost-effective tool to help RRP-certified contractors win jobs. If a swab turns red in 30 seconds, lead is present, and contractors can use the visual result to educate homeowners on the harmful effects of lead and lead poisoning. And since 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs only turn red when lead is present, there are no false-positives from the customer’s point of view. So bid the job accordingly using RRP lead-safe work practices. Contractors not complying with the RRP rule may bid cheaper, but this could leave homeowners and their families at risk of exposure to lead. A contractor demonstrating concern for the safety of the homeowners and their families shows professionalism and reliability. And they couldn't be simpler to use: just crush, shake and swab. RED MEANS LEAD!

      3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs come in convenient packaging so renovation companies with multiple crews can ensure the entire company maintains compliance. 3M™ LeadCheck™ offers 2-Swab, 8-Swab and 48-Swab counts, each in a protective, durable package. Keep your crews compliant and productive for dollars per job. Our customer service representatives can help you determine the appropriate number of swabs for your crews and answer any questions you may have.

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    FAQs

    • Yes, as of April 1, 2012, 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs are EPA recognized for use on wood, ferrous metal, plaster and drywall surfaces: https://www.epa.gov/lead/lead-test-kits.

    • If you assume there is lead, then you are missing the opportunity to use 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs to help you win the job. At less than $5 per swab, they are an instant, easy to use and reliable tool that only turns red when lead is present — down to 600 parts per million - ppm. When a swab turns red, you can use the visual result to educate homeowners on the harmful effects of lead and lead poisoning. Then bid the job accordingly, using RRP lead-safe work practices. Using 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs can help give you the credibility as a reputable contractor and allow you to be more professional than your competition. For more information go to www.EPA.gov/lead.

    • Any amount of lead is hazardous, and 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs can test to 600 parts per million (ppm). Since April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting (RRP) projects in pre-1978 homes, schools and daycare facilities are required to be certified and follow lead-safe work practices. This EPA-issued RRP rule is aimed at preventing lead poisoning.

      Whether the instant lead test comes up negative or positive, it provides the opportunity for an accurate job bid. It also opens the door for more important lead safety conversations to help you win the trust of your customers. It’s another way to establish your company as a professional, reliable and knowledgeable contractor – leading to more winning bids and referrals.

      3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs only turn red when lead is present (down to 600 ppm). So there are no false positives from your customer’s point of view.

    • EPA fines can include:

      • Thousands of dollars per violation, per day
      • Revocation of certification
      • Potential lawsuit (loss of business)

      Any amount of lead is hazardous, and 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs can test to 600 parts per million (ppm). So testing with these swabs and using Lead Safe Work practices is the right thing to do for your customer, his/her neighbors, and your workers.

      If you do not test, you are missing the opportunity to use 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs to help you win the job. At less than $5 per swab, they are an instant, easy to use and reliable tool that only turns red when lead is present (down to 600 ppm). When a swab turns red, you can use the visual result to educate homeowners on the harmful effects of lead and lead poisoning. Then bid the job accordingly, using RRP lead-safe work practices. Using 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs can help give you the credibility as a reputable contractor and allow you to be more professional than your competition.

      For more information go to www.EPA.gov/lead.

    • 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs only turn red when lead is present — down to 600 parts per million - ppm. So there are no false positives from your customer’s point of view.

      The EPA defines lead-based paint as having greater than or equal to 5,000 ppm lead.

      Several states have been authorized by the EPA to operate their own lead program and may have a more stringent standard than the EPA. So, technically, you could get a “false positive” with 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs because the EPA’s ppm minimum limit is higher than 600 ppm. HOWEVER, lead dust is the main contributor to lead poisoning, and any amount of lead is hazardous. Regardless of the amount of lead, you should test using 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs, and you should use lead safe work practices as it is the best way to assure the safety of your customer, their neighbors and your workers.

      For more information go to www.EPA.gov/lead.

    • 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs have no shelf life. Unless the ampoules/vials are cracked, they will have an indefinite shelf life.

    • Since RED MEANS LEAD™, you will want to confirm there is no bleeding from the red surface before you test for lead with a 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swab. Crush Vial "B" (liquid) only, and bring a drop of the clear colorless fluid to the tip of the Swab. Rub the tip of the Swab on the red surface. If any red color appears on the tip, then the surface has "bled". You will not be able to perform the test if bleeding occurs. If NO "bleed", then perform the test as normal. You may also refer to the Instruction Manual (PDF, 566.31 KB) inside each package under "Red Surfaces/Red Lead."