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EPA Lead Safe Remodeling

A new EPA Rule went into effect on April 22nd, 2010

The new rule from the EPA (40 CFR Part 745) states that any contractor/renovator who disturbs more than six (6) square feet of painted surface must follow lead safe practices. Lead Safe work practices must be employed for any structure built before 1978 that has tested positive for lead in the paint. The area of renovation must be tested for the presence of lead in the paint. There are a number of ways that the EPA has approved to test and a record must be kept of the testing.Renovations affected by the new rule include activities such as sanding, cutting drywall, demolition, etc. Under the new rule, a contractor will need to become a certified renovator, taking a training course from an accredited training provider. Once they are certified, they will need to only work for a certified firm, whether their own company, a property management firm, or another contracting company.

Contractors will also need to keep the necessary records:

Copy of the Certified Firm and Certified Renovator(s) certifications.
Non certified worker training documentation.
Designation of Certified Renovator to the job.
Information on and results of use of EPA-recognized test kits provided by a Certified Renovator who acted as a representative on the Certified Firm at the job site and who conducted testing for the presence of lead-based paint on surfaces to be affected by the renovation. Lead based paint inspection reports provided by a Certified Lead Inspector or Certified Lead Risk Assessor, if applicable. Any other signed and dated documents from the owner(s) and/or residents regarding conduct of the renovation and requirements in the EPA RRP Rule. All reports required from the Certified Firm and Certified Renovator by the EPA RRP Rule.

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There is a little good news to this federally mandated requirement. As of January 2011 there has been very little lead paint found in residential homes in Albuquerque.