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Lead Based Paint

If You’re Not Lead-Safe Certified, Lead Paint Could Cost You Big Time.

Think lead paint doesn’t affect your business? Think again.

A new rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates

that all renovation and repair contractors working in pre-1978 homes,

schools, and day care centers who disrupt more than six square feet of

lead paint are required to become EPA Certified in lead-safe work

practices. Contractors are required to take a one-day training course

and firms must send a short application to the EPA. If not, they could

face tens of thousands of dollars in fines in the future.

Steve Owens, Assistant Administrator of the Office of Prevention,

Pesticides and Toxic Substances at the U.S. Environmental Protection

Agency, said there is a simple reason for the new rule: protecting

people’s health, especially children.

“Childhood lead poisoning is a preventable disease, and our goal is to

eliminate it,” said Steve Owens.

Many contractors think the issue of lead paint poisoning went away

years ago, or that they are doing all that needs to be done to avoid it.

But lead paint poisoning isn’t just about eating paint chips, and even

contractors who think they are doing a good job may not be working in

a lead-safe manner. In fact, new research shows that contractors like

plumbers, electricians, painters and window replacement experts can

inadvertently expose children to harmful levels of lead from invisible

dust disturbed during jobs they perform every day.

“The greatest risk is for young children living in homes during

renovations,” said Owens. “One study found they were 30% more

likely to have unsafe levels of lead in their blood than kids in homes

where renovations were not occurring. So it’s very important that

contractors learn how to work lead-safe and that families hire leadsafe

certified contractors.”

A pregnant woman exposed to lead can transfer lead to her fetus. The

irreversible damages of lead poisoning can lead to a range of effects

from memory loss and diminished motor skills to behavioral and

learning disabilities.

Those who work on pre-1978 homes, apartments, schools, day care

centers and other places where children spend time, from large and

small contractors to building services professionals, will have to take

the necessary steps to become lead-safe certified. Firms must register

with the EPA and pay a fee. Individuals must take a one-day training

course from an EPA-accredited training provider to become a certified

renovator. Renovator training is also available via e-learning. This

option allows trainers to provide much of the course content online,

making it more convenient for many renovators. EPA certification is

good for five years.

“Getting lead-safe certified is it the right thing to do for contractors,

their customers, and their employees, and especially for the children

who spend time near spaces that are being renovated,” said Owens.

Steve Owens says that the EPA is mindful of the small added costs

that may result from complying with this important rule. To that end,

he said the EPA is launching a consumer campaign designed to raise

awareness of the dangers of lead paint poisoning, and encourage

consumers to choose only contractors who are Lead-Safe Certified.

For additional information including how your firm can get

Lead-Safe Certified and where to find an EPA-accredited trainer

in your area, visit epa.gov/getleadsafe or call 800-424-LEAD

today.