• In many cases, a Contractor could be working in HUD
housing. The EPA RRP rules are not the same as HUD rules
and the differences are often considerable. The HUD
rules apply to any facility supported by federal money,
including stimulus funds such as tax credits for energy
efficiency. Obviously, it is important for a Contractor
know which rules apply and to comply with those rules.
• The EPA has only approved one field test kit for
lead that is available to the public – LeadCheck®. However,
it has now placed a substantial limitation on the use
of LeadCheck® on plaster and drywall surfaces. This
means that Contractors must be knowledgeable regarding
the limitations and the best way to proceed in such
• The EPA RRP rules require the use of a respirator
when dealing with lead paint without any hint or reference
to the fact that whenever respirators are used, the
occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
requires that the business have a written respiratory
protection program, medical evaluations, fit testing,
• States continue to apply for control of the RRP program
at the state level. As the EPA approves these requests,
the control and administration of the program will move
to those individual states, which will then be free
to modify the rules governing the program in their state.
Obviously, Contractors need to be aware of this situation
and the distinct possibility that the requirements will
change if/once the state(s) in which they work take
control; especially since some states will have additional
or stricter requirements than the EPA.
The EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rules is a
giant step forward regarding safety related to working
with surfaces that may have lead paint on them. There
remains, however, significant confusion in the marketplace
on exactly what the requirements are, and how to implement
them. This means that it is more important than ever
before to recommend a Contractor whom is known for thoroughness
and professionalism, a company such as PuroClean.
Regardless of the circumstances — dealing with lead
paint and the RRP rules, or with fire/smoke damage,
water damage, or mold remediation — call PuroClean Home
Rescue, the Paramedics of Property Damage™. For all
property damage situations, our professionals are standing
by. They will mitigate the loss to prevent further damage
and will then provide restoration services to return
the property to a pre-loss condition as quickly as possible.
All PuroClean offices have well-trained professional
technicians who provide the latest state-of-the-science
services to all property damaged from water, fire, smoke,
mold, and other disasters.