The Environmental Protection Agency has just issued a new rule for ALL renovations being done to homes that were built before 1978. If these rules are not followed, pre-1978 home/building owners can be assessed huge fines if the requirements for renovating these properties are not met. The EPA Requirements State:
“Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, 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 practicesand other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning 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.EPA requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by EPA and that they use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices. Individuals can become certified renovators by taking an eight-hour training course from an EPA-approved training provider.”
Contractors must use lead-safe work practices and follow these three simple procedures:
- Contain the work area.
- Minimize dust.
- Clean up thoroughly.
Unless a lead based paint inspection is performed by an EPA certified inspector, ALL homes built before 1978 must be treated as though they contain lead based paint. Iron Cross Construction has just finished the mandatory course to become EPA certified lead based paint renovators and inspectors. Please contact our office if you have any questions or are interested in renovating a Pre-1978 home or building.
For more information on the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule, please click here.