On April 22, 2010, the 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 the 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, 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.