Client News 12/30/09

AAMA Encourages Industry to Understand the Safety and Cost Implications of New EPA Lead Requirements

In an effort to reduce exposure during renovations involving lead-based paint, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has targeted an implementation date of April 22, 2010, to enforce new regulations for lead-based paint renovation, repair and painting, including installation of windows, as part of the 2008 Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule.

According to the EPA’s Web site, “Lead poisoning may cause a variety of adverse health effects, including brain and nervous system disorders, high blood pressure, and hypertension.” Because children six years old and younger are at a higher risk, the EPA expanded the 2008 Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule that previously exempted some housing from the rule’s requirement that contractors be trained and certified and use lead-safe work practices in pre-1978 housing.

The program is applicable to pre-1978 housing, where children under age six and/or pregnant women reside. After April 22, 2010, federal law will require contractors to be certified and to use lead-safe work practices. To become certified, renovation contractors must submit an application and fee payment to EPA.

A 34-page handbook entitled, “Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right,” can be found on the EPA’s Web site. Additional compliance information, including interpretive guidance on the rule’s requirements, a pre-renovation disclosure form and a list of training providers, is available on the EPA’s Web site or by contacting the National Lead Information Center (800-424-LEAD).

A full news release is available online at AAMA’s online news room.

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