New EPA Emphasis on EPA RRP Lead Renovators

Lead and toxins have been a top EPA_LeadSafeCertFirm-v2_4Cconcern 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:

  1. Take the Lead Renovator Course as soon as possible (typically 6-8 hours of class time).
  2. 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.
  3. 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

EPA Lead Renovator Training July 25, 2013

Adult Ed Students in ClassDid you know that the EPA is requiring Lead Renovator Training for residential work as well as any building that is occupied by children under the age of 6 years old or if lead paint exists in the building? For all of these projects, there must be a supervisor on site who is certified to do lead renovation work.

Everyday your employees remain untrained, you are taking a gamble with their well-being.   Having an untrained workforce exposes your employees to numerous hazards, and leaves you as the Employer exposed to OSHA fines or possible litigation.   As an employer it is essential to train your employees on pertinent information regarding hazardous materials.  The more prepared your employees are to handle these types of situations, the better they will be able to handle a real emergency.

Our proActive Safety Services staff has successfully trained over 5000 students and are experts in preventing accidents and injuries in the workplace.  Our hands on interactive training approach will familiarize your employees with how to do everything from properly sealing off the room in which they are working as well as many multiple regulations that are prevalent to lead renovation work.

Our next class is July 25, 2013 to register please call 877-209-9648 or email dan@pasafety.com