New Lead Paint Rules on Renovation and Repair to Housing, Child-Care Facilities, and Schools Effective April 22, 2010
The United States EPA set new rules for contractors who renovate or repair housing, child-care facilities, or schools built before 1978. Workers must follow lead-safe work practice standards to reduce potential exposure to dangerous levels of lead during renovation and repair activities. The "Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program" rule will take effect April 22, 2010, and covers all rental housing and non-rental homes where children under six and pregnant mothers reside. The requirements apply to renovation, repair, or painting activities where more than 6 square feet of lead-based paint is disturbed in a room or where 20 square feet of lead-based paint is disturbed on the exterior. The affected contractors include builders, painters, plumbers and electricians. To become a certified contractor, each employee who will perform this type of work must complete an eight-hour initial training course offered by a trainer accredited by the U.S. EPA. The course completion certification serves as proof of certification. A compliance guide is available by clicking here.
For more information on the EPA's lead program, or to obtain copies of the rule and information on how to comply, contact Frank Reed or any other attorney in Frost Brown Todd's Environmental Law Practice Group.