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08/12/2010

EPA Updates Lead Paint Safety Standards

New rule requires lead-safe practices in all pre-1978 buildings

 
EPA Updates Lead Paint Safety Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently enacted a Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP) for contractors to follow when doing renovations on lead-based painted homes, schools, and childcare facilities. Now, all contractors performing renovation, repair, or painting work in housing, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must follow lead-safe work practice requirements. 

The new rule removes a provision from existing regulations that allowed owner-occupants of pre-1978 properties to “opt-out” of having their contractors follow lead-safe work practices if there were no children under six years of age on the premise. These new regulations are intended to minimize the risk of toxic lead-based paint disturbance, regardless is children are present or not.

Sanding, cutting, and chipping during renovation projects create a large amount of dust and paint chips that are proven to be hazardous to adults, children, and pets. The RRP Rule establishes regulations for containment, dust minimization, and thorough cleanup to reduce these risks. The regulations apply to any maintenance workers, renovation contractors, painters, or other specialty workers doing professional renovations.

The lead safe certification process is simple. Individuals or companies can undergo an 8-hour training program with an EPA-approved trainer, and then apply for a Lead-Safe Certificate, says Chris Zorzy, whose company, LeadSafe Video Solutions, provides Lead-Safe training. “Many of the precautions currently used by contractors, with a little extra diligence and attention, will suffice to meet the work regulations.”

For more information on gaining Lead-Safe Certification, visit www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm.

 


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We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
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Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating’s new H2i R2-Series heat pumps provide year-round comfort, even in extreme climates. With 100% heating capacity down to 0° F outdoor ambient and simultaneous heating and cooling down to -4° F, our hyper-heating systems bring highly responsive multi-zone comfort to your projects, regardless of climate zone.

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03/03/2015

GSA announces plans for construction and repair projects.

03/02/2015

New technology could slash consumption up to 30%.

02/27/2015

Design is low-cost and green while providing more energy storage.

02/26/2015

LEED, IgCC, Standard 189.1 will work in harmony.

02/25/2015

Standard 189.1 seeks to expand renewable energy definition.

02/24/2015

Efficient construction techniques improve housing affordability.

02/23/2015

Guidance to improve energy efficiency of all aspects of data center operation.

02/20/2015

Model shows new technology could keep buildings standing after disasters.

02/19/2015

Expected to produce 550 megawatts of renewable energy.

02/18/2015

Best practices for infection prevention linked to hand irritation.

02/17/2015

State policies may not cut greenhouse gas emissions.

02/16/2015

New materials could cut initial costs for solar technology.

02/13/2015

Fannie Mae recognizes value of sustainable design.

02/12/2015

Localized technology could dramatically cut HVAC energy usage.

02/11/2015

Government energy consumption continues its decline.

02/10/2015

Study shows renewable option has economic potential.

02/09/2015

Proposed guideline would standardize collision deterrence testing.

02/06/2015

Illinois repeats as top state for green-certified buildings.

02/05/2015

New system to help FMs find the greenest products.

02/04/2015

Combination of cyber and physical measures to prevent electricity theft.

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