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If you are having work done on your house by a tradesman after April 22nd, read this post: EPA and Lead Based Paint

Effective April 22, 2010, the EPA is enforcing a new requirement for work being done by a tradesman on homes older than 1978 where lead based paint might be present.

EPA's Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule requires your contractor to be certified before work can begin. You can find complete information about the rule at www.epa.gov/lead.

There are some exceptions but the EPA penalty can cost you up to $32,500 per day per violation so I encourage you to review the EPA's website on this rule.

Under the newly implemented rule, renovators of target housing built before 1978 must now be trained and EPA-certified to perform safe work practices to prevent lead contamination.  Additionally, renovators must deliver EPA's lead renovation pamphlet to an occupant within 60 days before a project begins (and, if mailed, at least seven days before a project begins).  Renovators must also obtain the occupant's signed acknowledgment of receipt or substitute documentation as specified.

The EPA issued this rule in 2008, but delayed implementation until now.  The rule generally applies to building contractors, handymen, residential landlords, property managers, and anyone else who is paid to perform renovations or to direct workers to perform renovations as specified.  The lead renovation rule does not apply to homeowners renovating the homes they live in.  However, sellers of target housing must, among other things, disclose to their buyers any known lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards (C.A.R. Form FLD).

Renovation work covered by the lead renovation rule is defined as a modification of an existing structure that disturbs a painted surface, such as surface restoration or surface preparation activity.  Excluded are minor repair and maintenance activities that disrupt up to 6 square feet of interior painted surface or 20 square feet of exterior painted surface.  Demolitions and window replacements are not considered minor repairs.

For those of you interested in a copy of the EPA pamphlet, please send me an email at elisa@rockridgedigs.com.

Published Thursday, April 22, 2010 6:35 AM by Elisa Uribe

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