Revision & Extension to the EPA Rule on Lead-Paint Renovation

Effective yesterday, June 6th, 2010, the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule has new guidelines. Deadlines for training and certificate requirements are also being extended.

The April 22nd rule requiring contractors to use lead-safe practices while renovating, repairing, or painting homes built before 1978 is being updated. The original rule had an “opt-out” function where owner-occupants could choose to have their contractors not follow lead-safe practices if there were no children under the age of six living in the home at the time. This “opt-out” option is being eliminated. A press release from the Environmental Protection Agency explains the reasoning:

“At present, almost a million children have elevated blood lead levels as a result of exposure to lead hazards, which can lead to lower intelligence, learning disabilities, and behavior issues. Adults exposed to lead hazards can suffer from high blood pressure and headaches. EPA has eliminated the so-called opt-out provision because improper renovations in older homes can create lead hazards resulting in harmful health effects for residents and visitors in these homes, regardless of age. The result will better protect children and adult occupants during and after renovation, repair and painting projects.” [1]

Because of the EPA’s concern that contractors are having difficulty acquiring the necessary training to meet this rule, they are extending the deadline:

“EPA will not take enforcement action for violations of the rule’s firm certification requirement until October 1, 2010, and will not enforce certification requirements against individual renovation workers if they apply to enroll in certified renovator classes by September 30, 2010 and complete the training by December 31, 2010.” [1]

For Sentry Air’s recommendations for assistance in minimizing lead dust, Click Here.

To learn more about the RRP Rule, visit the EPA’s website, here.

References

[1] Press Release. “EPA Rule Increases Protection from Lead-Paint Poisoning.” http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/e417aa5fc2e5d6c285257758004733a9?OpenDocument