In April, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it had reached an agreement with a home improvement company in Indianapolis to resolve alleged violations of the remodel, repair, and paint rule ( RRP) that were described in a TV show. Under the settlement, the company will pay a civil penalty of $40,000 and produce a video about renovations involving lead-based paint.
The EPA claimed that beginning in 2017, the company performed or ordered workers to perform renovations at three Indianapolis residential properties built before 1978 without complying with applicable RRP rule requirements. Since being contacted by the EPA, the company has obtained the RRP company certification, certified that it complies with the RRP rule and has agreed to comply with the RRP rule in all activities of future renovations.
The RRP rule was created to protect the public from the hazards of lead-based paint that can occur during repairs or renovations to homes and child-occupied facilities, such as schools, that were built before 1978. It requires that people performing renovations be properly trained and certified and must follow lead-free work practices. It also requires construction contractors who renovate pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities to be EPA certified.
“This regulation is another reminder to home improvement companies that lead-based paints can pose a serious exposure risk to workers and building occupants if proper safety precautions are not taken,” said Joe Frasca. , Senior Vice President of Marketing, EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Even low blood lead levels in children can lead to behavioral and learning problems, stunted growth, hearing problems, anemia, hyperactivity and even a drop in IQ. Fortunately, identifying lead hazards in homes and buildings is quick, convenient, and affordable. EMSL Analytical, with laboratories in the United States and Canada, provides environmental and materials testing services for lead and other heavy metals. We also offer sampling supplies, test kits and personal protective equipment. These services and products protect workers, the public and also help keep businesses in compliance with regulations. »
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