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In 2016 the EPA RRP was amended. We have provided a link to a recent (2016) EPA Newsletter, that describes the recent changes to RRP.
Contractors, Builders, Home Owners, Child Care Providers
Did you know most houses built before 1978 contain lead based paint and that lead paint chips, dust and flakes, if ingested by a child, can cause sickness?
When renovating or repairing you must reduce and control dust and debris. An EPA Rule established Contractor requirements for Renovation, Repair and Painting activities that disturb lead-based paint. The rule was effective April 2010. The EPA rule applies to contractors, renovators and maintenance professionals working in housing, child-care facilities and schools built before 1978. The rule,Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Program requires such workers to be certified and trained.
The rule prohibits practices, such as open flame burning or torching, sanding, grinding, or blasting with power tools not equipped with a shroud and HEPA vacuum attachment, and using a heat gun over 1100 degrees F in temperature. The rule requires training, notices, posting warning signs, keeping occupants from work areas, containing work areas, preventing dust and debris from spreading, conducting a thorough cleanup, and verifying the cleanup is effective.
*To BID on Community Development Funded Housing Rehabilitation Projects you and your site workers must complete the EPA training and registration! Call 327-7514 for more information or to be added to the Community Development Home Rehabilitation Contractors List. You can also be listed on the Community Development Contractors List by completing and submitting a Contractors List Application to the Community Development Office.
What is covered under the new rule?
The rule applies to paid contractors working in pre-1978 housing, child care facilities and schools. Contractors include home improvement contractors, maintenance workers in multi-family housing, painters and other specialty trades. Covered facilities include residential, public or commercial buildings where children under age six are present on a regular basis as well as all rental housing. The rule applies to renovation, repair or painting activities. It does not apply to minor maintenance or repair activities affecting less than six square feet of lead-based paint in a room or less than 20 square feet of lead-based paint on the exterior. Window replacement is not considered minor maintenance or repair. The rule requires that renovators are trained in the use of lead safe work practices, that renovators and firms be certified, that providers of renovation training be accredited, and that renovators follow specific work practice standards
RENOVATION REPAIR and PAINTING (LEAD SAFE PRACTICES) TRAINING NOTICE
This course meets EPA requirements for lead-safe work practices training under the RRP Rule. Renovators will obtain EPA certification after successful completion of this course. Completing this training demonstrates your company's competence to prospective clients and can be a marketing advantage that distinguishes your company from the competition. (8 HOURS). These courses are presented by the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Please Contact the College Center for Business and Workforce Development, 1127 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA · (570) 327-4775 Fax (570) 321-5546 for cost and registration information.
Other classes may be available from other Certified Trainers. A list can be found on the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule EPA web site
Contain the work area. Minimize dust. Thoroughly clean floors, windowsills, window trough and walls while working and after the work is complete.
Occupants, you can help control lead by washing your floors, windowsills and window troughs with water and detergent weekly. Pay attention to window troughs. The friction caused from opening and closing windows can create lead paint dust. Children play on the floor and pick up paint dust.
Paint all chipped and peeling paint surfaces. Well-maintained paint (paint that is not chipped or peeling) generally does not pose a health risk.
Do not spread debris or make dust when painting. Use plastic sheeting to collect debris and wet mist the sheets and debris to control the spread of dust.
Keep occupants away from work areas.
For more information contact HUD 1-800-424-LEAD or visit HUD Lead Safe Paint Site, or contact Williamsport Community Development at 570-327-7511.
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