Home Improvement Contractor
Under the Renovation Repair & Painting Rule, beginning in April 2010, any contractor from plumbers to electricians to painters, who disturbs just six square feet of lead paint while working in a pre-1978 home, school or daycare center, now, must be Lead-Safe Certified.
Penalties include a $37,500 fine per each violation, up to 5 years in prison and a felony conviction.
The EPA is going to be "more forceful" about the penalties as the year progresses. Click here to read about a contractor that was caught not following the rule. Contractors have until October 1st to register for a class, after that the EPA will be looking for ones who are not compliant with the rule.
If you are a homeowner performing renovation, repair, or painting work in your own home, EPA's RRP rule does not cover your project.
However, you have the ultimate responsibility for the safety of your family or children in your care. If you are living in a pre-1978 home and planning to do painting or repairs, please read a copy of EPA's Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools (PDF) lead hazard information pamphlet.
Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead also can be emitted into the air from motor vehicles and industrial sources, and lead can enter drinking water from plumbing materials.
Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and under are most at risk.
• Even a small amount of dust from renovations, repairs or painting can contaminate an entire home
• If inhaled or swallowed the dust can cause irreversible damage to children and adults
• Any renovation or repair in any pre-1978 house or child-occupied facility must now be an EPA Certified Renovator
• Deteriorating lead-based paint
• Lead contaminated dust
• Lead contaminated residential soil
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