EPA Lead Rules You Must Follow

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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One Response to “EPA Lead Rules You Must Follow”

  1. <path_to_url> John Williams

    The EPA has a good reference called “Using Barriers to Contain Dust and other Pollutants” Here is the link from their site. http://www.epa.gov/iaq/homes/hip-barriers.html. Barriers should be used to contain the spread of dust and other pollutants from the work area to other parts of the home. A simple barrier consists of 6 mil poly sheeting taped over doors and other openings in the room. Poly sheeting should also be taped over any supply and return registers for the home’s heating, cooling, or ventilation system that are in the room to avoid spreading the pollutants or contaminating the ducts. Having blocked off registers, you should be sure to provide ventilation for the area. An exhaust fan, with provision for make-up air, complements this strategy well. For more information, see the discussion of ventilation containment strategies that create a pressure barrier to prevent the spread of pollutants. ZipWall’s new ZipPole system is a great system for only $169, half the price of the original ZipWall Barrier System. Click here to learn more: http://www.zipwall.com/lp/zippole.html