Lead Safety: Six Steps to Containing the Lead Contaminated Worksite

It’s a surprising statistic that lead paint was used in approximately 38 million homes prior to its banning in 1978. The EPA estimates that 24% of homes built between 1960 and 1978 contain lead paint, 69% of homes built between 1940-1960 and 87% of those built before 1940 contain lead paint. Lead paint is out there, and you need to know the RRP Rules and Regulations in order to maintain compliance with them.

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If you are a contractor working on homes and childcare facilities built prior to 1978, you should be aware of the new EPA RRP Lead Safety regulations that place specific legal responsibilities on renovators, painters, plumbers, electricians and glaziers. Homeowners on the other hand are typically unaware of the rules until a lead certified renovator or a health related incident brings them to their attention.

When a repair or renovation will disturb more than six square feet of interior painted surfaces or 20 square feet of exterior painted surfaces, these rules apply to you. They are fairly straightforward, so make sure you get EPA Lead Certified prior to beginning any RRP regulated renovations, follow the RRP Rules, and get the lead out right.

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Step One: Distributing The EPA Renovate Right Pamphlet

If you are working on a home or childcare facility built prior to 1978, Federal law requires that you provide the homeowners and residents with the EPA’s Renovate Right Brochure. This pamphlet is available and downloadable from the EPA’s website; it informs residents of the hazards of lead contamination, the basics of lead containment and provides recommendations for lead testing and the hiring of Lead Certified Renovation professionals.

Step Two: Before the Work Begins, Containing the Area

If you determine through an EPA-recognized Lead Testing Kit that your worksite contains lead, you will need to secure the regulated area prior to beginning any work activities. Remember that all companies involved in the renovation need to be an EPA Certified Firm and have an EPA Lead Certified Renovator on site during their renovation activities. EPA lead certification of one firm does not provide coverage for other firms subcontracting on the same project; each firm is responsible for its own activities and certifications.

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Materials You Will Need

 

  • Heavy Plastic Sheeting
  • Blue Painter Tape and/or Stapler
  • Warning Signage which states: Warning Lead Poison Keep Out
  • Warning/Barrier Tape
  • Paperwork Holder

 

Indoors Renovations:

 

  • Remove all furniture and appliances possible prior to containment. Those items that cannot be removed should be encapsulated in heavy plastic or poly furniture covers.
  • Close and seal all HVAC vents leading into and out of the worksite
  • Turn off all HVAC systems during renovation whenever possible
  • Seal all doors, windows and openings with heavy plastic and tape or staples
  • Cover the floors with heavy plastic sheeting
  • Place warning signage at all entrances to the worksite.
  • Assign separate pathways and entrances to the home for residents and workers to enter and leave the site while working.

 

Outdoors Renovations:

 

  • Seal all windows and doorways around the worksite
  • Cover the ground and landscaping with heavy plastic
  • Remove children’s playground equipment if possible, or cover with heavy plastic
  • Mark-off work area with warning barrier tape

 

Step Three: Gearing Up With Lead Safe Protective Gear

Protecting your workers while they are on the site and after the workday is over is another important consideration of the RRP Rules. Improperly contained lead dust on worker clothing and materials is easily removed to other areas of the residence under renovation, worker’s vehicles and the firm’s main office as well as worker’s homes. There are several companies specializing in providing lead safe work gear. Here is a shopping list to help keep your employees and the areas surrounding the work space safe.

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