Lead and toxins have been a top concern of national agencies in recent years, but this past year two agencies have dialed up the pressure on lead poisoning focus. In addition to OSHA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made their presence known in the lead and toxic substances arena with numerous fines and penalties to almost 40 major home renovation companies between May 2013 and January, 2014. Among the many dangers and effects of lead poison are anemia, lower intelligence in children, hyperactivity in children, hearing problems, slowed growth, reduced growth of fetus in pregnant women, and low birth weight. The EPA requires all individuals and firms who perform abatement projects (especially housing built before 1978 and those that are child-occupied) to be certified and follow specific work practices. This means that all contractors will have to follow the lead renovation, repair, and painting (RRP) standards. Completing the Lead Renovator course will allow companies to continue to bid for government jobs and to display the EPA’s “Lead Safe” logo on clothing, signs, websites, and automobiles.
To make sure you are covered:
- Take the Lead Renovator Course as soon as possible (typically 6-8 hours of class time).
- Make sure that areas that you are working in are measured for lead and toxins in the air. OSHA says that employers shall make sure that employees are exposed to no more than 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air on average.
- Be thorough that all of your employees are protected and that your company’s Personal Protective Equipment, such as masks and respirators, are up to standards and not faulty.
For more information contact Zach or Jamie at 513-372-6232