Reminder about EPA’s lead paint rules

rAVe readers, especially home AV installers, are reminded that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule goes into effect April 22, 2010. The deadline is coming fast, especially for anyone who has not completed the certification.

To quote the EPA’s requirements: “Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.

To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.”

Click here for a great article by our friends at CE Pro about an upcoming training opportunity at EHX Spring 2010.

You can also read the rules and regs directly from the EPA’s web site here.