The Lead Safe Rule 40 CFR 745.90 for R.R.P. (Renovation, Repair and Painting) of a home, apartment or dwelling that was built before 1978 has the potential for health related problems for families. The traditional renovation work you do can create significant dust-lead hazards if lead-based paint is disturbed. Lead particles in the size of a small 1-gram sugar packet released into a 1200 sq.ft.living space can contaminate the home you live in.
The leaded dust generated by traditional renovation work can cause lead poisoning in children. It can also poison pregnant women, yourself and other workers and even pets. Practical changes in work practices can minimize and contain dust. The use of lead-safe work practices makes the job safer and reduces your liability exposure.
EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Final Rule (40 CFR 745) requires that renovations conducted for compensation, must be performed by Certified Firms using Certified Renovators. Renovation firms that wish to work in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities must apply to EPA and pay a fee in order to become certified. Renovators seeking to become Certified Renovators must successfully complete an EPA-accredited renovator course or a course accredited by an EPA authorized State or Tribe. This course is the EPA model course for Certified Renovators and as such meets all requirements in 40 CFR 745.90.
Lead for Construction Awareness:
Latest OSHA regulations for occupational safety and Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 29 Part 1926.62informs employees and employers of their rights when it comes to working around lead exposures.
Working with lead based products are hazardous when small amount of lead are ingested, inhaled or transferred by contact from one individual to another and can be responsible for many health problems. Lead can be found in paint, batteries, roof flashing, solder and flooring.
Welding, sanding, grinding, demolition and soldering are some of the ways lead particles and fumes get transferred into the body. Occupational hazards such as these can cause; anemia, increased blood pressure, weight loss, twitching, lack of coordination and reproductive organs problems.