The EPA is an agency of the United States federal government whose mission is to protect human health and the environment. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the EPA is responsible for creating standards and laws that promote the health of individuals and their living environment. According to the EPA:
EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 have their firm certified by EPA (or an EPA authorized state), use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices.
Anyone who performs work that disturbs pain in housing and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 must be certified. This includes firms, as well as sole proprietors, partnerships, property managers, and non-profits
Activities covered by the rule are as follows :
- Anything that disturbs paint in a pre-1978 house or child -occupied facility.
- Remodeling and repair/maintenance
- Electrical work
- Painting preparation
- Window replacement
YES! The EPA can and will fine anyone who does RRP work without proper certification. These fines can be as high as $37,500 a DAY per offense! These fines are often the result of complaints filed by customers, competitors or city officials. The most common violations are as follows :
- Failure to maintain or establish records.
- Failure to comply with work practice standards.
- Failure to comply with training requirements.
- Failure to provide the lead hazard information pamphlet, “Renovate Right” to the property owner.
- Failure to obtain certification for your company/ firm.
- Failure to ensure trained individuals perform the work.
- Failure to post signs and other safety barriers.
The State of Michigan does not presently have a specific RRP enforcement program, so these violations are investigated and punished by the U.S. EPA. This can have a significant impact on a company’s financial penalties, as well as their ability to work on certain types of projects or even obtain certain types of licenses or contracts.
With ETC Training, we can not only explain these offenses, but also empower you with the knowledge to cover your bases. You’ll not only know what to do and how to do it correctly, but you’ll learn how to protect yourself or your company from health risks and legal issues.
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