The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently enacted Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule for contractors should prove to be a boon for both homeowners and contractors.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently enacted Renovation, Repair and
Painting Rule for contractors (informally know as the “lead safe” rule) may
appear complex and difficult to follow. But these more stringent regulations on
handling lead paint should prove to be a boon for both homeowners and
contractors, according to Chris Zorzy, president of LeadSafe Video Solutions,
Inc., a Salem, Mass.-based contractor training company.
“Instead of complaining about another regulation, contractors should be working
to become certified so they can capitalize on their ability to do work where
other contractors cannot,” said Zorzy. “The lead safe rule is not a problem,
but an opportunity.”
According to Zorzy, under the new EPA guidelines, contractors must use
lead-safe work practices and follow procedures that contain the work area,
minimize dust, and clean up thoroughly. Any lead paint must be removed using
approved methods, and all debris must be contained and disposed of using
“Many of the precautions currently used by contractors, with a little extra
diligence and attention, will suffice to meet the work regulations,” said
What is new, said Chris Zorzy, is the strict requirements that the owner and
occupants of a home or building under renovation must receive notification and
information (in the form of an EPA pamphlet) prior to any work starting.
“This communication must be documented and the homeowner and/or residents must
sign off,” said Zorzy. “And warning signs must be posted outside the work area
throughout the renovation.
“To become lead safe certified, a company must undergo an 8-hour training
program from an EPA-approved trainer, then apply for and receive a Lead-Safe
Certificate,” he continued. “Until that happens you cannot begin work on a home
or building erected prior to 1978, when strict lead paint laws were
For more information on the EPA’s Lead Safe Certification program, visit www.leadsafevideosolutions.com.
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