Because Prudent Technologies was working under a contract with EPA’s Superfund program in Omaha to renovate lead paint sites, they thought they knew what they were doing.
It was what they didn’t know that would end up costing them $65,450 in civil penalties.
How to Avoid EPA Penalties for RRP Violations
The Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule requires that each person or firm hired to perform a lead-paint renovation is certified and uses specific work practices that minimize paint hazards for both workers and occupants. As a general contractor you can be held liable for regulated renovation work that your subcontractors perform.
Under the RRP rule the liability includes record-keeping requirements, such as handing out the correct pamphlets and maintaining checklists; and following work practices requirements, such as training workers, putting up the appropriate signage, and using disposable impermeable material for containing dust and debris.
Prudent Technologies wasn’t fined for undergoing the paint stabilization of scraping and painting the housing exteriors or removing the lead-contaminated soil from contaminated properties, all things they were required to do. They were fined for failing to meet the safe work practices outlined in the RRP rule.
What they didn’t know cost them enormous non-compliance fines that could easily be avoided through basic training.
Whether you’re a contractor, property manager, landlord, remodeler, plumber, electrician, painter, window and door contractor, or anyone who disturbs painted surfaces in pre-1978 housing, you must be in compliance with the current required standards.
EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Training
Global Green is an EPA-approved training provider for certification in Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting. We offer both the RRP Initial Course and the Refresher Renovator Course, providing critical support to those who train with us.
There are at least 4 million U.S. households with children living in them that are being exposed to lead, with approximately half a million whose blood lead levels are above the level at which the Centers for Disease Control recommends intervention. Because lead exposure often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized and can affect nearly every system in the body.