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New rules, new challenges

Residential roofing and renovation projects pose unique demands and challenges to roofing contractors, including protecting houses and landscaping, limited staging and access areas, significant pedestrian traffic and proximity of neighboring structures. New rules from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relating to lead-based paint encountered during renovations will increase challenges to roofing contractors involved with certain residential projects. The rules take effect April 22.

Harmful effects

EPA notes that renovation activities like sanding, cutting and demolition can release dust from lead-based paint that can harm adults and children.

Inside homes, dust inhalation is the most common means of lead exposure among children. Of greater concern to roofing contractors: Lead paint chips and flakes from exterior building elements can contaminate the soil adjacent to a home and be inhaled or ingested by children playing near the home.