New Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules regarding
lead-based paint that may be encountered during renovation
activities have taken effect; as of April 22, companies and workers
performing renovation activities involving lead-based paint must be
certified by EPA.
According to EPA, renovation activities such as sanding, cutting
and demolition have the potential to release hazardous lead dust
from lead-based paint, which can harm adults and children. EPA's
new lead rules require certification of any company that performs
renovation, repair and painting (RRP) projects that disturb
lead-based paint; certification for renovators (workers who perform
and direct renovation activities) and training by a certified
renovator of other workers participating in the renovation; EPA
accreditation of training providers; and work practices for RRP
projects. (For more information about EPA's new lead certification
regulations, see "New
rules, new challenges,"...
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