Starting in April, 2010, new rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) take effect. These rules will require contractors to follow specific precautions for work on all pre-1978 structures. Although there is some question as to the extent of some of the provisions, one fact is very clear: The mandate does require that contractors in a number of industries (replacement companies, for example), be certified and follow work practices in order to prevent lead contamination.
The overall goal is to ensure lead-safe environments and keeping this in mind, affected contractors should become aware of the rules as soon as possible. An infraction will be quite costly for a company, but more importantly, an infraction can affect a person exposed to the dangerous elements.
Homeowners need to be aware that compliance with these rules will also impact the time and costs that a company incurs to provide utmost safety. Certain contractors must undergo training courses and certification processes. All of this will only serve to improve the work environment and the homeowners’ safety, so if we work together, we will all be in a better situation. Look for more information as the time gets closer and the regulations become clearer.
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