Concerned About Lead Paint? Wood Flooring Contractors Aren't!
Do you live in a home built before 1978? If so, important legislation was implemented in April of 2010 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that impacts you when renovating your home.
October 18, 2012
The Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule was passed in an effort to help prevent lead poisoning in children and at-risk adults. This law requires renovators and remodelers working in homes or child-occupied facilities (schools, daycares, etc.) built before 1978 to become certified in lead-safe practices by attending an EPA-accredited training program. Wood flooring contractors are affected by this legislation when dealing with baseboards and possibly the wood flooring itself if it previously had been painted or stained.
As a homeowner, you should ask to see proof of this certification and you should understand that no renovation work can be performed on your home until this certification is received. Violations can result in severe penalties, up to $32,500 per violation, per day.
Get more information about this law.