Finding companies certified in lead-safe practices
To find out if a company on Angie’s List is certified in lead-safe practices, look for the EPA icon in the eco-friendly column on the search results page. This icon indicates whether employees of that firm have undergone the training required by the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP) that went into effect in April.
Contractors have until the end of September, however, to enroll in a training course because the EPA acknowledged in June that some contractors and firms did not have enough time to get certified by the rule’s deadline and announced that it would delay enforcement. The delay gives firms until October to become certified.
Despite the delay, contractors are still expected to use the lead-safe work practices spelled out in the program if they disturb more than 6 square feet on the interior or 20 square feet on the exterior of a home that was built before 1978, the year lead paint was banned. Meanwhile, contractors and industry groups continue to protest the agency’s decision not to include an option for homeowners that would allow them to opt-out of having their contractor use lead-safe work practices if no one in the home is pregnant and there are no children under 6.
In July, the National Association of Home Builders, along with several other industry groups, filed a lawsuit challenging the EPA’s removal of the opt-out option from the final rule. The EPA and lead safety advocates defend the decision to close the opt-out loophole, saying the lead-safe work practices are reasonable and provide needed protection from exposure to the dangerous toxins in lead-based paint. That lawsuit is ongoing, and more information will appear in the October issue of Angie’s List Magazine.