The EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule
Common renovation activities like sanding, scraping, 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, as of April 22, 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. In general these are to contain the work area, minimize dust, and clean up thoroughly.
This new rule is designed to reduce environmental hazards for children, residents and anyone working in such structures. Any contractor who may disturb 6 square feet of painted surfaces on interior projects, and 20 square feet on exterior surfaces must comply with the training and work practices according to the RRP Rule. However, even if the EPA RRP rule is adhered to, it opens up a new set of issues for the contractor. OSHA has an entirely different set of requirements that go into effect when lead paint is disturbed on a project. According to OSHA 1926.62, these include personal air sampling, medical and blood test monitoring, and respirator fit tests. Also, insurance carriers require special pollution insurance for any company working with lead, a hazardous material, so standard Contractors General Liability will not cover any lead-related claims. The EPA has announced that they will enforce compliance with fines of up to $37,500 per day.
The RRP will have an enormous effect on Contractors everywhere. It promises to change the way all trades deal with lead paint as radically as the asbestos regulations did back in the 80’s. We are prepared to help you successfully deal with the challenges presented by this new regulation, putting our experience to work for you and ensuring a smooth transition as this law goes into effect.
Alpine can assist you in performing your renovation tasks when lead paint is present, relieving you of the sometimes confusing and conflicting requirements. As a lead paint abatement company that has worked with many General Contractors in the Greater Boston Area for the past 20 years, we bring with us an excellent track record of completing projects on time and on budget, and coming up with creative solutions to problems. We can efficiently and economically handle your lead paint issues, whether they involve selective demolition, surface preparation for painting, or any kind of carpentry or restoration.