Renovation, repair and paint projects require EPA certified training

The United States Environmental
Protection Agency
issued a Renovation, Repair and Paint (RRP) rule in 2008
requiring the use of  lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at
preventing lead poisoning.

Under the rule, beginning
April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects
that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools
built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to
prevent lead contamination. Thus, contractors and workers must follow
lead-safe work practice standards to reduce potential exposure to dangerous
levels of lead during renovation and repair activities. This requirement applies
to anyone who could potentially expose children to lead dust during their work
and includes builders, painters, plumbers and electricians. All firms not certified are subject to penalties for failing to
comply with the renovation firm requirements of the RRP rule. 

The Technical College of the Lowcountry is partnering with Greenville Technical
College - one of the first nine EPA approved training providers in the nation -
to offer a Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting course. Locally
TCL will offer a Lead RRP course on Thursday, March 10th 8:00 a.m.-5:00
p.m. on TCL’s Beaufort campus, building 22, room 100. Cost to participate in
this training is $285 per person. Individuals who complete the training on March 10th will
receive RRP certification that is applicable for
work transpiring in South Carolina, North Carolina and several other states. As
well, they will receive a hard-copy certificate of completion of the RRP
training accompanied by an EPA certification card with photo identification.  

  • .To register for the March 10th course call 843.525.8205

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Obviously, not all

Obviously, not all contracting firms are happy with this, but if they want to provide services in the future, they must follow the specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Complying shouldn't be a problem at all. Let's say you need AC repair in Jacksonville FL, you don't try to fix the problem yourself, you call in a qualified specialist who knows exactly what to do. It's the safest option you have.