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Friday, February 19, 2010

New Lead Paint Regulation(s) Effective April 22: Contractors & Remodelers Must be Certified

Spring will be here before we know it, which means that many of us will begin several household projects. Before you begin those projects, there is some important information you need to know as a property owner and as an individual performing the work.

Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children. Lead, which enters the body through swallowing and inhaling, is especially dangerous to children under six years of age. Low levels of lead in these children can damage their brains and nervous systems leading to learning disabilities and learning problems. It is also harmful to adults, causing high blood pressure, nerve disorders, and digestive problems, just to name a few. 

Who Must Follow the 2008 Lead-Based Paint Requirements?

In general, anyone who is paid to perform work that disturbs paint in housing and child-occupied facilities built before 1978, this may include:

  • Rental property owners/managers
  • Building contractors
  • Special trade contractors, including, but not limited to
    • Painters
    • Plumbers
    • Carpenters
    • Electricians

Source: EPA Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right

In 2008, new Federal regulations were enacted pertaining to structures which may contain lead based paint.  The regulations are enforced through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  One of the provisions under the 2008 regulations requires, beginning April 22, 2010 contractors performing renovation, repair, and painting projects for compensation that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and *schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

(*There are specific guidelines that apply to child-occupied facilities, please go to click here  for more details.)

For details about this rule, go to the EPA’s Web site, www.epa.gov/lead.  The EPA Web site contains information that is valuable for both companies in charge of these renovation, repair, and painting projects as well as homeowners and building owners. The EPA’s site contains information about the required training sessions in the Kansas City area and across the United States. http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/trainingproviders.htm

You can also download the regulation(s) and several pamphlets below:

Lead and Your Health
Lead can affect the brains and developing nervous systems of children causing:

  • Reduced IQ and learning disabilities
  • Behavior problems

In adults, low levels of lead can pose many dangers, including

  • High blood pressure
  • Pregnant women exposed to lead can transfer lead to their fetus

Source: Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools

What activities are Subject to the Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program?
In general, any activity that disturbs paint in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities, including, but not limited to:
•    Remodeling and repair/maintenance
•    Electrical work
•    Plumbing
•    Painting
•    Carpentry
•    Window replacement
Source: EPA Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right


Your regional EPA office can provide further information regarding regulations and lead protection programs.
•    Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska)

To access lead information via the Web, visit www.epa.gov/lead and www.hud.gov/offices/lead/.

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