Renovating a home can be an exciting journey but it can also complicate things. One of the problems that may arise when renovating a home is testing if a house has lead paint. Many homes that were built before 1978 may have lead paint on the walls, doors, windows, and sills and can be dangerous. The Environmental Protection Agency has dedicated a section of their website that explains more about lead poisoning and also has information on the EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program . Enforcing lead regulations is important to avoid major problems and lawsuits.
The EPA also has information on the Lead-Safe Certification Program. Your firm must be certified and employees must also be trained.
Having this all in mind, there are still companies that are not certified and continue to operate without training or certifications without also knowing the potential harm. Renovation activities that include sanding, cutting and demolition can create lead dust and chips that can contaminate a home’s surface. When families and workers are exposed to the debris, they can begin to see damaging effects to their health.
The EPA states, ” There is no level of lead in blood that has been identified as safe for children.” Companies who do not obtain certification, proper training and do not put up hazardous signs will get fined.
The EPA recently released a newsletter that talks about a Bay Area that renovated a home but failed to follow the RRP Program, was not certified and their employees were not trained to work with lead based paint projects. As a result, the company was fined $51,000.
Remember there are no safe levels of lead and lead poisoning has the potential for long term effects and those who own and operate and fail to protect their employees can face fines and lawsuits. Lead poisoning can be preventable if we educate ourselves and others.
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