100 Days and Counting . . . Are You Ready?

BINGHAMTON, NY - The EPA's new Renovation, Repair & Painting (RRP) lead law goes into effect on April 22, 2010.

You've got 100 days and counting until federal law requires that anyone paid to repair paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the new Renovation, Remodeling & Painting (RRP) Rule. This new law is intended to protect children from leaded dust that may result from disturbing lead based paint.
 
The Broome County Health Department wants to make sure that everyone in the community, especially contractors, property owners, homeowners, realtors and childcare providers know that as of April 22, 2010 anyone paid to perform renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb paint in homes, childcare facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be EPA RRP certified and follow lead-safe work practice standards to prevent lead contamination. Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips which can be harmful to children and adults. In 2007, 14% of the children reported with elevated blood lead levels in New York State were poisoned as a direct result of home renovation projects. Thus, this new law has the potential to significantly decrease childhood lead poisoning throughout the state.
 
Lead poisoning causes a long list of problems including learning disabilities, kidney disease, high blood pressure, miscarriage, and birth defects. Exposure to lead can even cause depression and aggressive behavior. There is no safe level of lead in the body. While recent publicity has centered on toys and other consumer products containing lead, the problems caused by all of those products put together is small compared to the number of people harmed when contractors disturb old paint in pre-1978 buildings without taking simple precautions.
 
By April 22, 2010 renovations in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities must be conducted by RRP certified renovation firms, using renovators with EPA RRP accredited training, and following the work practice requirements of the rule. This new law will help protect
  
children from being exposed to lead paint poisoning. Consumers should be informed about the new RRP rule and ask any contractor they hire if they are EPA RRP certified. Owners conducting repairs in their own homes are not covered by this law (unless they receive compensation, i.e. landlords).
 
Lead Remodelers and Renovators Certification & Refresher Course information can be found on the EPA's web site at www.epa.gov/lead or by contacting Environmental Educational Associates www.environmentaleducation.com (1.888.436.8338). The Broome County Health Department is also currently offering free Lead Safe Work Practices classes for interested homeowners, maintenance personnel and contractors. For more information or to register, please contact Sarah Walker, Coordinator of the Broome County Lead Primary Prevention Program at 607.778.2847. Visit the program’s website at www.gobroomecounty.com/eh/lead.
 
Additional resources can be found on the EPA’s website for:
 
Property owners, homeowners, childcare providers www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm#owners
 

 

01/19/2010 - 10:00am