We’re a Certified Lead-Based Paint Renovator
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lead-based Paint Rules relate to lead-based paint that may be encountered during renovation activities. The EPA notes that renovation activities like sanding, cutting and demolition have the potential to release hazardous lead dust from lead-based paint that is harmful adults and children.
The EPA’s rules call for the certification of any company that performs work that disturbs lead-based paint, certification for renovators (workers who perform and direct renovation activities) and training by a certified renovator of other workers engaged in the renovation, EPA accreditation of training providers and work practices for renovation, repair and painting (RRP) projects.
Certification and training is required for those companies and workers performing lead-based paint activities. EPA regulations define renovation as “the modification of any existing structure, or portion of a structure, that results in the disturbance of any painted surfaces”. The EPA’s trigger for regulating renovation activities is the creation of lead-based paint hazards. This is distinguished from a lead-abatement project, which is designed at the outset to permanently eliminate lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards from a building. Roofing, siding, painting and remodeling contractors fall under the RRP rules when working on any project where painted wood surfaces are directly altered or where any painted surface is abutting the project area, and painted wood surfaces can be disturbed.
The RRP Certification is a national certification valid in all EPA jurisdictions, where EPA administers the RRP program. Arrowhead is properly and legally certified to perform required work nationwide according to this act.
As a Certified RRP firm, Arrowhead must ensure each renovation project covered by the RRP rule is performed and/or directed by a certified renovator responsible for ensuring compliance with the work practices standards of the regulation. Arrowhead is responsible for “critical tasks” during a renovation, such as posting warning signs, establishing containment of the work area and post-renovation cleaning verification. As a Certified Renovator, Arrowhead was properly trained by an EPA-accredited training provider. Our painters completed an initial eight-hour training program and must complete refresher training every five years.
Renovation activities, including critical tasks described, may be performed by other trained workers, not necessarily certified renovators, but only under the direction of a certified renovator. Such other workers may be provided with on-the-job training in renovation activities by a Certified Renovator. A Certified Renovator is not required to be on a site at all times, but must be present when critical tasks are performed. According to the EPA, a Certified Renovator must regularly direct work performed by others to ensure EPA’s work practices are followed.