The Benefits of Hiring a EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm:
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), painting and maintenance activities can release lead dust and chips from paints manufactured prior to 1978. To prevent lead poisoning, the EPA issued its Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting (RRP) rules, which went into effect April 22, 2010.
Contractor companies (including sole proprietorships) and individual contractors performing indoor or outdoor renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead–based paint in homes, childcare facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified, trained, and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Noncompliant contractors could be fined up to $37,500 per violation, per day.
The EPA has ruled that contractors who perform renovation, repairs, and painting must train and re-certify in lead-safe work practices before renovating certain projects. These new EPA rules took effect on April 22, 2010.
The New EPA Lead Paint Laws & Requirements
When working on a project involving lead–based paint, federal law requires certified, EPA–trained contractors to do the following:
- Provide owners, tenants, and childcare facilities with a copy of the EPA’s lead hazard information pamphlet Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools.
- Post informational signs at sites where lead–related work is being carried out
- Contain the work area, minimize dust, and clean up thoroughly
- Maintain written records of receipt for required EPA pamphlets for three years once a project is completed