Does your business engage in renovation, repair or painting of structures constructed before 1978?
If so, there are new federal laws that must be implemented to reduce lead-based paint issues. The Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule released by the USEPA requires firms and people involved in interior and exterior renovation repair including painting to become EPA Lead certified. Complying with lead-safe work procedures, and reducing exposure to lead-based paint dust, certification should be completed by April 2010.
EPA’s RRP rule affects many construction trades such as general contractors, and a wide variety of distinctive trade contractors including painters, plumbers, carpenters and electricians. Activities carried out by this profession can disturb lead-based paint and have the possibility of generating hazardous lead dust.
Under this rule, outset in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and paint jobs that disturb lead-based paint in homes, childcare facilities, and schools constructed before 1978, need to be certified and are mandated to follow particular work practices in order to avoid lead contamination.