**For updated information regarding the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, visit our updated blog post here.
By tomorrow, April 22nd, 2010, renovation and remodeling contractors are expected to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, which is being enforced to protect children as well as adults from lead poisoning. Although many regulations regarding lead have been put into effect in the last few decades, exposure to children is still a prevalent and major health concern.
In a press release distributed by the EPA earlier this month, it states that:
Anyone receiving compensation for renovating, repairing and painting work in residences built before 1978 that disturbs painted surfaces is subject to the new Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP). Also affected by the RRP are those performing similar work on facilities occupied by children under six years of age, such as schools and day-care centers built prior to 1978. (EPA.GOV)
Federal law requires that the following is met by April 22nd:
- Renovation firms be certified (For specific information on certification, click here.)
- Individuals be trained in lead-safe work practices
- Training providers be accredited by EPA. (EPA.GOV)
According to the EPA, contractors should:
- Contain the work area.
- Minimize dust.
- Clean up thoroughly. (EPA.GOV)
Because we at Sentry Air Systems specialize in air purification, we’d like to offer suggestions for the second bullet point: Minimizing Dust.
We offer several product options for extracting lead dust.***
For analyzing lead samples:
Ductless Fume Hoods
***Using Sentry Air System’s equipment does not certify you as Lead-Safe. You must still arrange all mandatory training sessions as required by the EPA. It is the individual’s responsibility to ensure that engineer safety controls are met and government regulations are followed. For more information, visit the links below or consult an Environmental Health and Safety Expert.
For Basic Information about Lead and its Health Effects:
Wall Street Journal:
“Rule on Lead Dust Sets Off Scramble”
For Lead Safe Certification Information:
For Detailed EPA Requirements:
Example of available training offered commercially: