Knowledge is power
only if man knows what
facts not to bother with.
Madera, CA (PRWEB) October 18, 2011
The following information is provided by RRPHelpForContractors to help contractors understand and comply with the EPA RRP Rule. More information can be found at http://www.rrphelpforcontractors.com.
The EPA RRP Rule requires that homeowners and tenants receive certain information before the RRP renovation firm begins any project that includes renovating more than 6 square feet of painted surface per room for interior projects or more than 20 square feet of painted surface on the entire building envelope for exterior projects.
This applies to residential housing, childcare facilities and schools built before 1978. Although anybody can perform this notification procedure on behalf of the certified firm, the certified firm under contract with the property owner must maintain documentation describing how, when and by whom the notification procedures were accomplished.
For homeowners and tenants, renovators must give both parties the most recent version of the pamphlet titled “Renovate Right” before starting work in their living areas. The pamphlet must be provide in the language of the homeowner or tenant. The pamphlet is currently available in English and Spanish.
“Renovate Right” contains information on the:
- Health Effects of Lead
- How Exposure Can Occur, and
- Steps To Reduce or Eliminate the Risk of Exposure During Various Activities In the Home
By providing this pamphlet, those who use or occupy the property being renovated will become aware of the potential dangers they could become exposed to if renovation work is not done following the lead safe work practices. This pamphlet also makes these individuals aware of how to report any violations or concerns directly to the EPA.
Copies meet the EPA requirements as long as they are legible. The firm must get a signature proving receipt of delivery or document the attempted methods or method used and the reasons why a signature was or could not be obtained. If mailed, the pamphlet must be sent a minimum of 7 days before starting the work. A certificate of mailing is required to document that is was mailed.
The contractor may also deliver the pamphlet anytime before the renovation begins, as long as the renovation begins within 60 days of the date that the pamphlet was delivered. If the work is to be done in a common area of a tenant occupied dwelling, the certified firm must also make sure that the tenants are notified individually or post signs describing the renovation, including how to get a free copy of “Renovate Right”, the location(s) of the work, the scope of the work and the timing of the work. Any changes must also be communicated to the tenants in advance, and again, must be properly documented.
"Renovate Right" Pamphlets can be ordered by calling the U.S. Government printing office at 1866-512-1800.
They are also available for free in the new eBook for contractors at http://www.RRPHelpForContractors.com
RRPHelpForContractors.com and this eBook were created by Valina Wisner. She is the President and CEO of Mold Solutions Inc, a EPA RRP certified and licensed California Contractor specializing in Asbestos, Lead and Mold Removal. She has over 15 years experience in the environmental remediation industry. Valina Wisner is certified by the State of California Department of Public Health as a Lead Supervisor and Project Monitor. She has conducted presentations on the EPA RRP Rule for local and national organizations.
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