National Lumber would like to share these EPA RRP Lead Rule updates from the NARI On the Hill Newsletter:
“EPA leaning on non-certified firms”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule became effective in 2010. Since that time, more than 100,000 firms have been lead-safe certified by EPA, and an additional 20,000 have been certified in 12 authorized states. Approximately 450,000 renovators have been trained in lead-safe work practices. However, EPA recognizes that too many firms are still operating without the required certification, are not following lead-safe work practices and may be putting children and others at risk for lead exposure.
In November 2012, EPA announced 16 enforcement actions for violations of the RRP rule and EPA continues to conduct compliance monitoring inspections and outreach to protect children, and others, from exposure to lead dust that can cause lead poisoning. To increase lead safety and awareness of the regulation, EPA is mailing a postcard to non-certified renovation contractors in target areas, including states that lack an EPA-authorized RRP program and have significant amounts of older housing. EPA’s goal is to remind these contractors of their obligation to become certified. In addition, EPA wants to level the playing field for those contractors who are already certified.
EPA has specifically targeted non-certified contractors for this mailing and made best efforts to exclude certified contractors. However, a small number of these postcards may inadvertently reach already certified contractors. If you are already a certified firm, EPA thanks you for your attention to this regulation and for your efforts to protect your clients and your community. If you receive EPA’s postcard, please disregard it or pass it on to your competitors who are not certified.
EPA considers LRRP for commercial buildings
EPA is currently in the process of determining whether renovation, repair, and painting activities on public and commercial buildings might also create lead-based paint hazards. For those activities that do create lead-based paint hazards, EPA intends to develop certification, training, and work practice requirements as directed by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
EPA has opened a comment period through April 1, 2013.
Periodically, National Lumber holds RRP training and certification courses at our Mansfield, MA store location. If you are interested, please join our email list or visit our events page for more information.