U.S. EPA rule on Lead Safety for Renovation, Repair and Painting Goes into Affect
PuroClean’s Chicago office is trained and certified to repair homes with lead based paint.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule on Lead Safety for Renovation, Repair, and painting dealing with lead-safe work practices went into effect on April 22, 2010.
Restoration contractors, painters, plumbers, property managers and anyone receiving compensation for renovating, repairing and painting work in residences built before 1978 that disturbs painted surfaces is subject to the new Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP). Also affected by the RRP are those performing similar work on facilities occupied by children under six years of age, such as schools and day-care centers built prior to 1978.
“This rule will significantly change how many will approach restoration and remediation projects,” said Scott Majeski of PuroClean Property Restoration Specialists. “Lead poisoning is a serious medical issue and can affect children and adults.”
“Fortunately, PuroClean’s current standards for restoration and remediation tracks at 80% of what is covered in the EPA standards for working on homes with lead based paint,” Majeski stated. By incorporating the EPA standards, PuroClean Specialists will decrease the possibility of exposing homeowners and its own technicians to lead and lead dust.
Those restoration specialists affected by the rule will be required to:
• Apply to EPA to be approved as a Certified Renovation Firm.
• Receive the necessary training and certification from an EPA-accredited training provider for Lead Safe Work Practices.
• Assign a Certified Renovator to be present at each project
• Ensure that lead safe work practices are used throughout the project.
• Provide consumers or tenants with the EPA pamphlet “Renovate Right” prior to the start of any project.
• Maintain records documenting that the required information has been provided at each project subject to the rule.
This rule is the next step in the EPA’s goal to protect children from the hazards of lead-based paint. Beginning April 22, 2010, anyone who has work done whether it’s emergency restoration or maintenance should ask for proof of certification from their contractors before work begins.
For more information please go to: www.epa.gov/lead or call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD, that’s 1-800-424-5323.
PuroClean is a leader in property damage restoration and has earned the trust of property owners, insurance professionals and home service providers throughout the United States and Canada since 2001. For more information on PuroClean, please contact Scott Majeski at 312-453-1500 or visit www.PuroCleanChicagoLand.com.
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