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.
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
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