The EPA recently sent out an RRP Enforcement Alert warning Connecticut contractors that they will be focusing their investigations on Connecticut jobsites. Here’s their wording…
“Over the next year, representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 will focus their investigations on companies and contractors in Connecticut (CT) who conduct renovation, repair, and/or painting activities to determine compliance with EPA’s lead-based paint RRP Rule. Furthermore, we hope to help address lead disparities in overburdened communities in CT. Your business has been identified as potentially performing such activities. EPA is coordinating these efforts with local and state officials and community groups.”
Why are they picking on Connecticut?
The use of lead-based paint in homes was banned in 1978, but almost 3 out of 4 homes in Connecticut were built before 1980. Older housing stock in Connecticut means lead-based paint is a risk for Connecticut workers and families. There is no safe level of lead. Small amounts can cause lifelong harm. Lead paint and lead contaminated dust are the #1 causes of childhood lead poisoning.
It’s time to review your RRP certificates and make sure you are in compliance.
Ignorance is not a defense. You are smart to review all RRP certificates for everyone working on jobsites for your company. The RRP certificates must be updated every 5 years. If you do not have a valid certificate, you will need to take the 8-hour Initial RRP class. If you have a certificate, but it’s been 5 years since you got that certificate, you can take the shorter (4-hour) Lead Paint Refresher class. LeadSMART Training Solutions stands ready to help you comply.
You’ll find LeadSMART classes in New Haven, Southington, Glastonbury and Windsor CT.
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We have clients who find it far more convenient to hire LeadSMART to do on-site, private training. This means you can bring your whole crew in for one day and ensure that you are totally in compliance. If you would like to explore this option, give us a call at 888-731-LEAD (5323).
Don’t get caught in the cross hairs in Connecticut. We can work together to make sure you are in compliance. We know they’re investigating in Connecticut, so doing it now is far less expensive than playing the odds.