Lead Safe Work Practices
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Harbor Paint & Fine Finishes is Certified in Lead Safe Work Practices
My name is Mark Clayton and I am the President of Harbor Paint and Fine Finishes.
I am proud to say that my company is certified in the new law designed to protect homeowners, their families and their children against the risk of lead poisoning.
As a painting contractor, we play an important role in helping to prevent lead exposure. Ordinary renovation and maintenance activities can create dust that contains lead. By following the lead-safe work practices, we can prevent lead hazards.
Unfortunately, many area painting contractors are not in compliance and hiring a painting contractor that is not certified could expose your family and your children to a very hazardous situation.
It is a smart idea to avoid contractors that have not been certified.
Ask for proof of certification before you allow any painting contractor to work in your home even if you are not sure your home has lead paint.
The New Lead Safe Work Practices Law
The 2008 Lead Rules become effective April 22, 2010. After that date, federal law requires painting and other contractors to be certified and to use lead-safe work practices. To become certified, renovation contractors must submit an application and fee payment to EPA. The full context of the law can be viewed at http://epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm
Who Must Follow the 2008 Lead Rule’s 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, but is not limited to:
Residential rental property owners/managers
What Activities Are Subject to the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program?
In general, any activity that disturbs paint in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities, including:
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.
To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects 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.
As a contractor, you play an important role in helping to prevent lead exposure. Ordinary renovation and maintenance activities can create dust that contains lead. By following the lead-safe work practices, you can prevent lead hazards.
Contractors who perform renovation, repairs, and painting jobs in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities must, before beginning work, provide owners, tenants, and child-care facilities with a copy of EPA's lead hazard information pamphlet Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools Contractors must document compliance with this requirement?The EPA’s pre-renovation disclosure form may be used for this purpose.
Contractors who perform renovation, repairs, and painting jobs should also:
Read about how to comply with EPA's rule in the EPA Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right.
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