EPA webinar informs contractors, renovators of lead rules

On November 10, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a free webinar designed to inform all contractors, landlords, property managers, and anyone performing work on residential renovation, repair, and painting projects on lead-safe work practices required under agency rules.

The informational seminar was held to raise awareness of the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP), which outlines required work practices for dealing with dried lead-based paints usually found in older buildings.

"Anyone receiving compensation for renovating, repairing and painting work in residences built before 1978 that disturbs painted surfaces is required to receive training and certification from an EPA-accredited training provider for lead safe work practices," the agency said in a release.

The session discussed who must follow RRP requirements, how companies can best comply with the rules, and how to become a certified lead-safe firm. The EPA offers ongoing information on how to find or become lead-safe certified through the EPA's National Lead Information Center.

There are several specific standards established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) concerning lead in the construction industry, including safety training standards and the use of personal protective and safety products, such as respiratory protection and protective clothing.

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