April 22 was D-Day for the home renovation industry. At least for house painting.
It was the deadline set by the Environmental Protection Agency for contractors to obtain certification that they’re trained to work in homes that contain lead paint.
Under federal regulations that kicked in Thursday, workers who do any painting or remodeling on homes built before 1978 where lead paint may be disturbed are required to take extra precautions to eliminate exposure to lead dust.
The rules were enacted after rising concern about children exposed to lead. They are at risk of brain damage, poor development, learning disabilities and social and behavioral problems.
Here are some excerpts from the NPR website as well as a FOX News broadcast. Denver homeowners who are planning to repait a property older than 23 years will need to be aware of these new health and safety regulations.
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From an NPR story –
Lead was a standard ingredient in paint until 1978, when the government banned the sale of lead paint for use in residences because of the danger to children. Any home built before then is likely to have lead paint.
The change in their workplaces could be dramatic.
Workers who can now wear shorts and T-shirts for a simple window replacement job will have to wear coveralls made of sturdy Tyvek fiber, respirators, goggles, hoods, rubber gloves and rubber boots.
Among numerous other safety requirements, workers will have to lay plastic sheeting around the work area, and post yellow “caution” tape as well as signs that say “Lead Poison Hazard: Do Not Enter.”
Workers are required to test for lead paint if homes were built before 1978, but commercial buildings are not affected.