Since April 2010, federal law requires contractors that are hired to perform renovation, repair and painting projects in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 that disturb lead-based paint, to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
Think lead paint doesn't affect your business? Think again. A new rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates that all renovation and repair contractors working in pre-1978 homes, schools, and day care centers who disrupt more than six square feet of lead paint are required to become EPA Certified in lead-safe work practices. Contractors are required to take a one-day training course and firms must send a short application to the the EPA. If not, they could face tens of thousands of dollars in fines in the future.
New research shows that contractors like plumbers, electricians, painters and window replacement experts can inadvertently expose children to harmful levels of lead from invisible dust disturbed during jobs they perform every day. Firms must register with EPA and pay a fee. Individuals must take a one-day training course from an EPA-accredited training provider to become a certified renovator. EPA certification is good for five years.
Mindful of the small added costs that may result from complying with this important rule, the EPA is launching a consumer campaign designed to raise awareness of the dangers of lead paint poisoning, and encourage consumers to choose only contractors who are Lead-Safe Certified.
For additional information including how your firm can get Lead-Safe Certified and where to find an EPA-accredited trainer in your area, visit www.epa.gov/getleadsafe or call 800-424-LEAD today.