Posted by: jeb1 | June 17, 2010

Remodelers Can Contract With Certified Renovators to Meet Lead Paint Rule Requirements

At a recent webinar addressing remodelers’ concerns about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s lead paint rule, panelist Michelle Price of the EPA said that remodelers can contract with a certified renovator to manage the work and train other subcontractors — as long as the certified renovator conducts the work stipulated by the rule and oversees uncertified workers.

Remodelers participating in the May 20 webinar, “The Lead Paint Regulation Is Here — Now What?”, expressed concern and confusion over the large fines the EPA can levy if they are unable to comply with the rule, the hiring of contractors and whether consumers are fully aware of the new regulations overseeing the renovation and repair of homes built before 1978.

The webinar, hosted by the NAHB Remodelers, provided remodelers with guidance on working under the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, which went into effect on April 22.

The rule requires that remodelers working on homes and child-occupied facilities, such as schools and day-care facilities, built before 1978 be managed by a certified renovator who has completed EPA-approved training and is employed by an EPA certified firm. The rule applies when more than six square feet of paint are disturbed on a structure’s interior or more than 20 square feet on its exterior.

Under the rule, remodelers must share the EPA’s “Renovate Right” brochure with the home owner before starting work and must follow work practices stipulated in the rule, create containment for controlling dust, clean after the work, confirm cleaning and create records that must be kept for at least three years.

Panelist and EPA-approved training provider Brindley Byrd, CGRCAPS, of QX2 Contracting, in Lansing, Mich., advised remodelers that if they are not yet trained and certified to work legally under the regulation, they must avoid working in pre-1978 homes or hire a lead assessor to test the home before work can begin or risk being fined up to $37,500 per day per rule violation.

If a home tested by a lead risk assessor is free of lead, then the rule does not need to be followed, Byrd said. LeadCheck test kits also can be used to test particular housing components for lead.

Byrd also advised remodelers that they must submit a firm certification to EPA and acquire EPA-approved training in order to work in pre-1978 homes.

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