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Contractors: Don’t Forget Your Massachusetts Lead-Safe Licensing Waiver

Important reminder! If your company was certified before July 9, 2010 under the federal EPA RRP rule, you are entitled to a waiver of the Massachusetts state certification for the first 5 years (coincidental with the EPA certificate date) but you must fill out the form from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You can find the form right here: Lead Safe Renovation Contractor Licensing Waiver

If you are working on pre-1978 homes in Massachusetts, you MUST have the MA certification or waiver. Filling out the waiver form along with providing proof of EPA RRP certification will save you $375. Fill it out now and get it in the mail.

This will also quickly get you certified in the Massachusetts Department of Occupational Safety’s Lead-Safe Renovation program. Another important aspect is that you will be listed on the Massachusetts Currently Licensed Lead-Safe Contractors List. Homeowners are checking this list when looking for contractors.

National Lumber has all the tools and supplies you need to help comply with the new lead-safe renovation rules. Visit or call your local National Lumber store today to see how we can help you.

Massachusetts Contractors – MA RRP Licensing Waiver

Important notice! If you have your Federal EPA certification for your company already, then you are entitled to a waiver of the first 5 years (coincidental with the EPA certificate date) of the MA state certification by filling out the form from the State of Massachusetts. This will save you $375 and will quickly get you certified for the Massachusetts DOS program on the RRP rule. Fill it out now and get it in the mail. You can find the form right here: Lead Safe Renovation Contractor Licensing Waiver

EPA Launches Lead Awareness Campaign

New EPA Rule: All Contractor Need to Get Lead-Safe Certified

Used by permission from the EPA

If You’re Not Lead-Safe Certified, Lead Paint Could Cost You Big Time.

Think lead paint doesn’t affect your business? Think again.

A new rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates that all renovation and repair contractors working in pre-1978 homes, schools, and day care centers who disrupt more than six square feet of lead paint are required to become EPA Certified in lead-safe work practices. Contractors are required to take a one-day training course and firms must send a short application to the EPA. If not, they could face tens of thousands of dollars in fines in the future.

Steve Owens, Assistant Administrator of the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said there is a simple reason for the new rule: protecting people’s health, especially children.

“Childhood lead poisoning is a preventable disease, and our goal is to
eliminate it,” said Steve Owens.

Many contractors think the issue of lead paint poisoning went away years ago, or that they are doing all that needs to be done to avoid it. In fact, new research shows that contractors like plumbers, electricians, painters and window replacement experts can inadvertently expose children to harmful levels of lead from invisible dust disturbed during jobs they perform every day.

Firms must register with the EPA and pay a fee. Individuals must take a one-day training course from an EPA-accredited training provider to become a certified renovator. Certification is good for five years.

Steve Owens said that the EPA is mindful of the small added costs that may result from complying with this important rule. To that end, he said the EPA is launching a consumer campaign designed to raise awareness of the dangers of lead paint poisoning, and encourage consumers to choose only  contractors who are Lead-Safe Certified. For additional information including how your firm can get Lead-Safe Certified and where to find an EPA-accredited trainer in your area, visit epa.gov/getleadsafe or call 800-424-LEAD today.

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Your local National Lumber store has all of the supplies you need to protect yourself and your clients. You can find the checklist for everything you need right here: EPA RRP Equipment & Supplies Checklist (PDF)

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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