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3 Important Reasons to Hire an EPA Certified Renovation Contractor (RRP) When Dealing with Lead-based Paint

We have all heard of the dangers of lead-based paint and are aware of their use in homes and businesses across the country. Old lead-based paint is the most significant source of lead exposure in the US.

Most homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1960 contain heavily-leaded paint and structures built as recently as 1978 may also contain lead-based paint.

Lead exposure can cause serious medical issues in both children and adults.

Old lead-based paint is the most significant source of lead exposure in the US.

What is an RRP Certified Contractor?

EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP)

In response to the growing concern of the impacts of renovations to structures containing lead-based paint, the EPA signed the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) regulation in April of 2008.

This regulation was created in order to ensure contractors working on child-occupied facilities built before 1978 must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

3 Reasons You Should Only Hire an RRP Certified Contractor When Dealing with Lead-based Paint

REASON #1: To protect the health of children and adults.

The Lead Regulations applied to renovation projects protects residents, especially young children and unborn children, from lead poisoning.

Lead harms a child’s developing brain and nervous system. It can cause permanent learning, behavior, and medical problems.

Lead can also cause many health problems in adults. It can raise blood pressure (and the risk of a heart attack or stroke). It can decrease brain function (making it more difficult to think, learn, and remember).

Lead can also increase the risk of miscarriage, birth defects and cause impotence.

Most homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1960 contain heavily-leaded paint and structures built as recently as 1978 may also contain lead paint. Lead exposure can cause serious medical issues in both children and adults.

Most homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1960 contain heavily-leaded paint.

REASON #2: To maintain the safety of the property.

Contractors who are licensed in lead safety by DLS are trained to avoid creating lead hazards.

To become licensed, a contractor must take an eight-hour approved course.

This course teaches the contractor how to:

  • Set up a work space to prevent the spread of lead dust;
  • Minimize and contain dust while working;
  • Clean up safely after the work is completed;
  • Check the work to make sure that no lead dust remains;
  • Train others who work for the contractor.
Contractors who are licensed in lead safety by DLS are trained to avoid creating lead hazards.

Contractors who are licensed in lead safety by DLS are trained to avoid creating lead hazards.

In order to be certified, a contractor must be able to recognize and mitigate the risks of lead-based paint products.

Jurin Roofing Services has certified EPA RRP contractors on staff to ensure your protection during renovations.

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REASON #3: It’s the law.

A contractor who violates the lead regulations may be fined up to $37,500 for each violation per day.

Before beginning work, your contractor must give you a pamphlet entitled Renovate Right.

Jurin Roofing Services highly recommends you hire an RRP contractor when considering renovations to a building that was constructed before 1978.

We have certified EPA RRP contractors on staff to help reduce risks involved with renovations to buildings containing lead-based products.

For more information regarding the EPA’s RRP program visit their website at https://www2.epa.gov/lead/renovation-repair-and-painting-program.

A contractor who violates the lead regulations may be fined up to $37,500 for each violation per day.

Contractors who are licensed in lead safety by DLS are trained to avoid creating lead hazards.

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Looking to begin a renovation project and are concerned about lead-based products?

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Dan Bonebrake
With 14 years experience in the roofing industry, Dan is responsible for Jurin Roofing Florida’s estimating and project management. He oversees all roofing projects from inception to completion. Dan aims to provide results and exceed expectations, continually striving to do the best and welcoming new challenges.

4 Comments

  1. Callie Marie July 8, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    When my husband and I moved into our house, the landlords had to give us a pamphlet about the dangers of lead paint. I really don’t feel safe knowing that my house is surrouned by toxins, so I was thinking of finding an EPA certified RRP contractor to remove the paint. Thanks for the advice, I’m sure someone who has taken the RRP classes will know how to safely remove the lead paint.

  2. Nick Mallory August 14, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    I didn’t know that homes built as recently as 1978 could have lead paint! Thanks for mentioning that. I always thought that was something that we stopped using a long time ago. That means that nearly every home I’ve lived in could have had lead paint. I don’t want my family poisoned because of lead paint, so I will be sure to look for someone who is RRP certified next time I have a contractor come work at my house.

  3. Bill Barnett September 11, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Lead can be found in all kinds of places and it is scary to think about it. Your article really brought me to want to take measures against lead in my home. I think I understand significantly better now the importance of hiring an EPA Renovation Contractor. I am going to look into contacting one ASAP.

  4. Emily September 11, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Dan, my brother has been thinking of going into the construction industry. The other day he told me that if he continues doing this he will need to get EPA certified. I had no idea that this was so important, especially when dealing with lead paint. That is good information to know!

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