EPA Lead Certified Contractor for Lead Safe Work
The EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Program
In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint. The Massachusetts Lead Law is fairly strict. Deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention.
Renovations, repair work, and paintwork in pre-1978 homes and buildings can create significant amounts of lead-based paint dust.
In general, anyone who is paid to perform work that disturbs lead paint in housing and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 must be certified.
ProTEK Painters is an EPA RRP lead-certified renovator (MA EPA#: LR004172).
The Danger of Lead Paint
Children: Lead exposure can cause lower intelligence, behavioral problems, and learning disabilities.
Pregnant women: Lead paint dust exposure can be harmful to your developing fetus.
All adults: Exposure to lead paint dust can cause nervous system disorders, high blood pressure, fertility problems, and even kidney problems.
Maintain Your Home’s Condition
It is very important to care for the lead-painted surfaces in your home. Lead-based paint in good condition is usually not harmful. If your home was built before 1978:
- Regularly check your home for chipping, peeling, or deteriorating paint, and address issues promptly without excessive sanding. If you must sand, then sand the minimum area needed, wet the area first, and clean up thoroughly.
- Regularly check all painted areas that rub together or experience a lot of wear, like windows, doors, and stairways, for any signs of deterioration.
- Regularly check for paint chips or dust – if you see some, remove carefully with a damp paper towel and discard in the trash, then wipe the surface clean with a wet paper towel.
- Wipe down flat surfaces, like window sills, at least weekly with a damp paper towel and throw away the paper towel.
- Mop smooth floors (using a damp mop) weekly to control dust.
- Remember to test for the presence of lead and lead hazards. This can be performed for you by a lead professional. They can tell you where you must be especially careful.
ProTEK Painters EPA Lead Certified Accountability
When we perform lead paint renovations, we ensure that:
- All individuals performing activities that disturb painted surfaces on behalf of our company are either certified renovators or have been trained by a certified renovator.
- A certified renovator is assigned to each renovation and performs all of the certified renovator responsibilities.
- All renovations performed by our company are performed in accordance with the EPA’s work practice standards of the Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program.
- Pre-renovation education and lead pamphlet distribution requirements of the Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program are performed and will be shared with you prior to starting our work.
- The EPA program’s recordkeeping requirements are strictly upheld by ProTEK Painters.
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