EPA Leads Lead Paint Safety Effort with National Guidelines

March 19, 2012 — 940 views  
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) applies a lead paint rule to eliminate this product's hazardous lead and dust chips. These particles can affect a person's health, and you can follow the agency's renovation, repair and painting standards to ensure your home or office is safe.

The Repair and Painting Rule helps contractors by regulating cutting, sanding and demolition activities. There are lead-safe guidelines contractors must follow when completing projects involving homes built before 1978 to guarantee the properties' environmental quality. Contractors must contain a work area, minimize dust and clean up thoroughly to reduce lead health risks, according to the EPA. Enforcement officials may complete workplace inspections, so following lead-safe work practices can help renovators avoid fines and penalties.

Contractors must follow this regulation when completing work on child care facilities as well. The EPA defines these venues as places where children under the age of six regularly visit. Renovators must complete an eight-hour course from an EPA-approved training provider to ensure a lead-free atmosphere. 

You can provide information about this EPA regulation to help workers manage lead-based paint projects. Adults, children and employees can benefit from safe, lead-free environments.