Lead dust generated by traditional renovation work can cause lead poisoning in children, pregnant women, yourself, other workers and even pets. Practical hanges in work practices can minimize and contain lead dust. The use of lead-safe work practices makes the job safer and reduces your liability.
Renovation, Repair, and Painting Final Rule
The EPA's Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) final Rule addresses activities that disturb lead-based paint in "target housing" and "child-occupied facilities." After April 22, 2010, firms working in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities must be certified and use lead-safe work practices during renovations. The new rule reques that:
Renovators be certified through training by an accredited training provider
Lead-safe work practices be used during renovations
Tenants are provided with pre-renovation education in target housing and child-occupied facilities
For more information on how the EPA's RRP Final Rule affects contractors, go to the EPA's website.