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Thinking of Remodeling? Beware of New Lead Paint Removal Restrictions

Lead Paint in your Neighborhood?- In 2010, the EPA was required to enforce a new “RRP” (Repair, Renovate, Paint) Law, which states that any contractor who disturbs paint on pre 1978 homes has to test the areas he’s working in for lead paint. Obviously this practice was enacted to protect people who work and live in these homes, but this law is so loosely regulated, many contractors choose not to incorporate these practices because of the time and effort (and cost) it takes for themselves and their workers. Many contractors are not protecting their installers or the neighbors of houses with lead paint from the hazards that come with exposure to lead paint.

So whats being done about it?

  • epacertOSHA published a lengthy review of the hazards lead paint removal and exposure on a long-term basis.
  • In Massachusetts, one contractor in Hanson, MA was fined $784,380 for failing to warn surrounding residents about the lead paint removal.
  • As recently as January 3rd, 2012, a contractor was fined for an unsafe job. Here is an excerpt
  • about the $9750 fine and a list of previous fines in Massachusetts.

Warnings if you are renovating in the future:

  • Make sure your contractor is certified to remove the lead paint. You risk the chance of the job being stopped in the middle of a project (which the contractor would be required to do) and have a partially finished project on your hands.
  • More and more contractors are getting fined for violations of Lead Paint Removal.
  • If you are removing the paint yourself, make sure you get yourself educated on the subject.

About the Author: A&A Services is a Lead-Safe Company. Chris Zorzy, owner of the company, oversees the lead removal practices, and also gives lectures to other contractors about “Lead-Safe” practices with other contractors. Check out Chris and A&A Services at the Sheraton Ferncroft in Danvers on the 18th/19th of February at the Essex County Home Show. A&A also specializes in installing Windows, Gutters, Weatherization, Roofing, and Siding.


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