In September 2010, the EPA’s new Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule officially went into effect. Home improvement professionals were granted until December 31, 2010 to complete training on procedures to keep their clients and their workers safe.
To date, more than 500,000 individuals from 64,000 companies nationwide have received training. This is both the good news and the bad news. A lot contractors have been trained, but thousands still remained untrained.
Early on, Merrick Design and Build underwent the training (and advocated for its implementation) and we support fellow contractors who’ve also made their way through the eight-hour course. I continue to encourage contractors who are still untrained and got a chance to sound off with more thoughts on this topic in a recent article in the Journal of Light Construction.
I also continue to caution homeowners that lead paint is a real hazard, which places children at risk and should be taken seriously by contractors and homeowners.
Here’s some advice if you’re considering hiring a remodeling contractor: check to see if they’ve made the investment to be trained in lead-safe remodeling. It will give you insight on how they view their customers and their workers and indicate their support of the industry in which they work.