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EPA to Present Lead-Safe Webinar on Nov. 10

The free session will focus on lead-safe practices, compliance, certification, and recent rule changes

Evidence for enforcement action. A Maine contractor allegedly failed to train employees, post signs, report compliance, or contain dust at a house with six kids.

The Environmental Protection Agency will present a webinar from 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 10 to provide information about residential renovation, repair, and painting on properties built before 1978.

The agency said the session will cover a range of topics relating to lead-safe practices in its Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, including who is subject to the requirements, compliance guidelines, how to become a certified lead-safe firm or contractor, enforcement fines, and changes to the rule that took effect on October 4.

The EPA noted that contractors, landlords, and property managers are subject to the lead-safe RRP rule, although individual homeowners and tenants doing work on their personal residence are exempt.

The EPA announced its first enforcement action under the rule in May, for a Maine-based landlord’s failure “to contain dust and debris generated by lead paint removal activities during a repainting project in October 2010.” Two workers hired by the landlord used “power equipment to remove lead paint from an exterior wall of a residential building without using any containment for lead-containing dust and debris,” the agency said in its announcement.

Click here for registration information. Participation will be limited to the first 1,000 registrants, who will receive an email confirmation with a link to the webinar site and a dial-in number. There is no registration fee for the session, although long-distance phone charges will apply.

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