Lead Safe Certification for Contractors

If you’re in the construction or renovation business, it’s important to be aware of Lead Safe certifications. Regular renovation work such as cutting, sanding, and demolition can result in hazardous lead chips and dust by disturbing lead-based paint, which has been proven to be very harmful to children, and in some cases, adults.

To protect against the risks associated with lead paint dust and chips, the Environmental Protection Agency has the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. This rule mandates that businesses performing renovation, repair, and painting projects disturbing lead-based paint in pre-1978 residential and commercial building be certified and that they use certified renovators trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices.

Contractors working under these conditions must use lead-safe work practices and abide by three guidelines:

  1. Contain the work area.
  2. Minimize dust.
  3. Clean up thoroughly.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Lead Paint chips and dust are hazardous to both humans and the environment. When making renovations to at-risk buildings, be sure to utilize an EPA certified firm to ensure that the work is done properly. The little extra you spend will guarantee a safe, healthy environment for all!