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Happy Earth Day!

Woo-Hoo! Its Earth Day. Folks all over are turning out their lights for an hour or recycling some trash. For painting contractors, it is a new opportunity for the government to get in your business because today marks the first day of enforcement for the new Lead Safe rules. The rule states that contractors who perform renovation, repairs, and painting jobs in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities must, after April 22, 2010, be certified and to use lead-safe work practices. To become certified, renovation contractors must submit an application and fee payment to EPA.

Get your application HERE

Find a trainer provider HERE

Before beginning work, contractors must provide owners, tenants, and child-care facilities with a copy of EPA’s lead hazard information pamphlet.

Get your pamphlet HERE

Contractors should also:

  • Provide a copy of your EPA or state lead training certificate to your client.
  • Tell your client what lead-safe methods you will use to perform the job.
  • Learn the lead laws that apply to you regarding certification and lead-safe work practices beginning in April 2010.
  • Ask your client to share the results of any previously conducted lead tests.
  • keep records to demonstrate that  workers have been trained in lead-safe work practices and  followed lead-safe work practices on the job.

To make record keeping easier, you may use the sample record keeping checklist

Homeowners, property owners and managers, and anyone performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools can follow THIS LINK to learn more about  lead-safe work practices.

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