The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has delayed enforcing its new Lead-Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting program. The new program requires contractors to be certified (through lead-safe training) to perform work that disturbs more than six feet of lead-based paint in a pre-1978 home, apartment, school, daycare center, or other facility occupied by a pregnant woman or child under the age of 6. The final rule implementing the program originally took effect in April, but will not be enforced until October.
Both general contractors and subcontractors working on a renovation covered by the rule must be certified and must have a certified individual work on the areas affected by the lead based paint. Contractors must pay a fee ($300) every 5 years to become certified and pay for employees to complete the certification training. Fines for noncompliance can reach up to $37,500 a day.
Lead-safe work practices are also expected to reach renovations on public and commercial buildings over the next few years.
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