Most Americans have long been aware of the dangers of lead, particularly in paints. Recognizing these dangers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently finalized a new regulation to protect people from the lead generated by renovation activities like sanding, cutting and demolition. This work can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.
The new rule affects contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978. Homeowners need to ensure that contactors engaged in this kind of work have undergone training and earned their certification. For contractors, this rule means they must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Once certified, the firm can advertise that it is certified by EPA under the RRP program, and will also be given rights to use EPA’s “Lead-Safe Certified Firm” logo.
Homeowners considering renovations can search for certified companies on the EPA website.