If your home, school or children’s day care center were built before 1978, there are a few things you need to know.
A federal law, mandated and enforced under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that any remodeler, contractor or tradesperson who disturbs 6 square-feet or more of an interior lead-based painted area or 20 square-feet or more of an exterior lead-based painted area must:
- Be trained and certified as an EPA Certified Remodeler
- Test and verify if the area to be disturbed involves lead-based paint or not
- Maintain accurate records, including photographic documentation of the testing, results and any work performed
- Establish, enforce and adhere to prescribed safety protocols for occupants, workers and personal effects
- Thoroughly clean the work site to prescribed protocols every day
- Provide an EPA-created pamphlet called “Renovate Right Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools” to all families in whose home work is to be done; and, if a school or day care center, to the families of every child under age 6 attending that facility. Download the pamphlet at http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/sbcomplianceguide.pdf.
Lead contamination and poisoning is serious. Failure to comply with this legislation carries a penalty of $32,500 per violation.
The above is a very brief summary of the requirements of this law. The pamphlet is very detailed. The important issues are that the contractor must be certified and provide you proof of that certification, and that you are ultimately responsible for the safety of your family.
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