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Massachusetts Bureaucracy Joins the EPA RRP Enforcement Equation

Mark Paskell of The Contractor Coaching Partnership, a company specializing in EPA RRP training for contractors, has learned that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is stepping into the process begun under the federal government, and proposing to regulate this issue on the local level. It remains to be seen how this bureaucratic change would impact contractors in Massachusetts who have just completed their training and registration with the EPA.

We recommend that you follow Mark Paskell’s blog on The Contractor Coaching Partnership website to stay up-to-date on this important issue.

Read more here: Massachusetts Seeking to Administer and Enforce the EPA RRP Rule

The Proof is in the Paperwork

With the new EPA RRP rules coming into effect in just a month, nationally renowned remodeling expert Shawn McCadden has written a relevant blog post on Hanley Wood Remodeling’s website detailing how the new rules will be enforced. Remodelers should be aware that the EPA will be tracking compliance through the required documentation. Don’t expect them to drop by the jobsite, but have your paperwork ready at the office!

Check it out here: “The Consultant Who Cried Wolf

(Thanks to LeahThayer on Twitter for the heads-up)

EPA “Lead Rule” Update

On April 22, 2010, the EPA’s new “Lead Rule” will come into effect, meaning that anyone who renovates structures built before 1978 will be required to have EPA RRP certification. Therefore, it is crucial that any renovator who is working on a structure built before 1978 in which lead paint will be disturbed must have “Certified Renovators” on the job site.

Please be aware that the cost of the training does not include the cost of the fee for the EPA certification. It takes the EPA about six weeks to process and approve certification, so it is vital to start the process as soon as possible.

There is an “opt-out” provision to the rule, however, to keep in mind. The rule will not apply if the renovator, after providing the “Renovate Right” lead safety brochure to the property owner, gets a signed pre-renovation form from the owner affirming that all of the following conditions are met:

  • They have received a copy of the “Renovate Right” pamphlet
  • The renovation will occur in the owner’s residence
  • No child under age 6 resides there (or visits/sleeps there regularly)
  • No woman who is pregnant resides there
  • The housing is not a child-occupied facility (Note: a child occupied facility is a pre-1978 building visited regularly by the same child, under 6 years old, on at least two different days within any week, for at least 3 hours each day, provided that the visits total at least 60 hours annually.)
  • The owner acknowledges that the renovation firm will not be required to use the work practices contained in the rule.

After April 22, the property owner will have the choice to request the renovator to use the work practices required by the lead rule, even if all the above criteria are met.

There will be a shortage of training availability as the deadline approaches. Don’t wait – find a trainer as soon as possible. Here are some helpful links to information you need to know.

The Steps to Lead Safe Renovation, Repair, and Painting (PDF)

– The brochure you must give to your clients: “Renovate Right” brochure (PDF)

– The EPA website section informing Contractors about the certification process, training providers and eligible courses.

(Special for NARI Members: NARI is offering a special discount to members for the EPA brochure “Renovate Right”. The deal is a package of 50 for only $39.95.)

Training for the new EPA Lead Rules Now Available

The EPA Renovate, Repair and Painting Rule goes into effect on April 22, 2010. Just about any contractor is most likely to be impacted since it pertains to anyone disturbing more than 6 sq. feet of interior and/or 20 sq. feet of exterior painted surfaces on pre-1978 homes while making renovations for compensation.

EPA RRP Certification is required for virtually all contractors, including:

· Window Contractors
· Siding Contractors
· Renovation Contractors
· Painters
· Plumbers and Electricians
· Roofers
· Remodelers
· Carpenters
· Handyman
· Insurance Restoration Contractors

The fines for non-compliance are up to $37,500 per violation, so this training and certification is absolutely necessary!

National Lumber’s EPA RRP Lead Rules training day sold out very quickly. Although the National Lumber date has sold out and we will not be hosting any further events, you can contact your local building association to find other training options.

Of course, all the information you need about the new rules can be found on the EPA website here: http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/training.htm


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