Busted by the EPA: Navigating the Lead Laws

37,500 Reasons to Understand the Lead RRP Rule


June 12, 2014 | 7:00 am-8:00 am
Rodda Paint | 6818 E. Sprague Ave.
FREE Event: Register today by calling 509.532.4990

This workshop will surely provide for a lively discussion, be extremely informative, and will be anything but boring. The EPA does not consider ignorance and excuses so come prepared for a very eye opening experience!

Hear from Kim Farnham, Lead-Based Paint/Asbestos Compliance Officer, EPA, Region 10, as she clarifies some common misconceptions of the rule, discusses safe work practice requirements, comments on current enforcement and outreach efforts, discusses the general contractor/subcontractor relationship, record-keeping requirements for RRP jobs, firm certification, training uncertified workers, re-certification and more…

For more information or to register contact the SHBA at 509.532.4990 or email: kimw@shba.com

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EPA: We Have No Plans to Push Creation of Proper Lead-Paint Test Kits

Three years after an upgrade to part of its lead-paint rule took place and still without any kits that meet its tougher standard, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has neither plans nor resources to promote the creation of kits designed to accurately detect the presence of lead in paint, the EPA has told building industry leaders.

The agency’s July 31 letter to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in effect means that Remodelers remain stuck with test kits that incorrectly indicate the presence of lead 22.5% to 84% of the time. Such false positives force Remodelers to spend thousands of dollars on additional lab tests or else invest substantial resources and money to abide by the provisions of the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule.

RRP requires that Remodelers working on projects in homes, child care facilities, and pre-schools built before 1978 must check for the presence of lead paint (which was commonly used until that year). If tests detect lead paint, a company certified in lead-safe work practices must then do the work.

The rule took effect in April 2010 with a requirement that, by September of that year, any kits used to test for lead paint must give false negative readings less than 5% of the time and false positives on no more than 10% of the tests. EPA based its requirement on the assumption that private companies would have products on the market by then, because since 2008 it had been reviewing kits that at least were intended to limit the number of false positives.

“Despite the EPA’s commitment of resources to this effort, to date no company’s test kit has met both of the performance criteria outlined in the RRP rule,” James J. Jones, EPA’s acting assistant administrator, wrote in the letter to NAHB. “The EPA is unaware of any test kit currently available or under development that would meet the positive criterion.” He did note that the three test kits commercially available meet the false negative threshold and continue to be recognized by EPA, but they have false positive rates of 22.5% to 84%.

At this time, the EPA has no plans or resources to sponsor additional testing of kits as was done previously through the agency’s ETV [Environmental Technology Verification] program,” Jones added. Until a test kit comes along the meets both the false positive and false negative standards, the kits that meet only the false negative criteria will continue to be recognized.

SHBA Remodelers Council Monthly Meeting – Thursday, October 10th

Remodelers Small

Thursday October 10, 2013

Hosted by Craftsmen Construction, Inc.
3106 N. Argonne Rd.
Spokane Valley, WA
7:00 am – 8:00 am

Webinar: The Future of Aging-In-Place Remodeling

The Pew Research Center estimates that 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 today and that will continue every day for the next 17 years, totaling 88.5 million by 2050. This webinar will discuss how the aging-in-place market has changed, what consumers are looking for, what products have come into the marketplace and which ones appeal most to the home owner.

Boomers have been the demographic bulge that has set trends and priorities for the country since the 1960s – and that bulge is moving quickly toward retirement age. Hear what Remodelers are learning from their experiences of doing remodels for the aging market, the disabled and those planning for future needs.