Safety, Certifications, Licenses: Get them to work FOR you

I recently completed an OSHA 30 course for a residential housing developer in Wrentham, MA. Yes, you read this correctly: I taught a 4-day, 30-hour course for all this firm’s foremen and sub-contractors. It always impresses me when I see an organization that raises the bar of safety expectations beyond legal minimum requirements. And no, […]

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OSHA Fines Are on the Rise for the First Time in 25 Years

On November 2, 2015, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Why should you care? Well, besides keeping our country running, contained in this piece of legislation is a provision that requires OSHA to adjust their “civil money penalties.” That adjustment is to be based on inflation. All penalties proposed or assessed after August […]

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JLC Online: Working Lead-Safe

A recent article in JLC Online, “Working Lead-Safe,” by Tom O’Brien, is hitting the ’net. If you’re not a subscriber, click here to read the full article. It quotes one of your favorite trainers, Peter Lawton. An excerpt: None of us are getting any younger. And for some remodelers, the years seem to have taken […]

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EPA Begins Effort to Reduce Children’s Exposure to Lead Paint in Lewiston/Auburn, Maine Area

….. MAINE CONTRACTORS: The EPA has announced that will begin “an effort to improve compliance with laws that protect children from lead paint poisoning” in the Lewiston/Auburn, Maine area. This includes “steps the Agency is taking to increase compliance… with the federal lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.” The press release notes that […]

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MA Contractors: BBRS Interpretation Change

….. The Massachusetts DPS just announced a change in interpretation of BBRS Interpretation No.2015_01: Utility-sponsored and/or other-provided minor energy efficiency upgrades to existing 1-4 unit homes (Enacted 11/10/2015) has been rescinded by the BBRS, effective 04/12/2016, pending further review. Until further notice a permit is required for all insulation work (other than ordinary repairs), to […]

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Lead Paint Poisoning on Last Week Tonight

In case you missed it, John Oliver of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, had an extensive, highly accurate monologue about lead poisoning in the United States. While showcasing his unique brand of humor, it was right on the money about the pervasiveness of the problem of lead poisoning. Click here to view. And folks… stay healthy! […]

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Update to the Rhode Island Lead-Safe Remodeler/Renovator Program

In the past, LeadSMART has recommended that people working in Rhode Island take the Massachusetts LSR training and then take a Rhode Island 45 minute online training course. This would give you the certification you need to work on lead projects in Rhode Island (of course, you also need your firm license, just like anywhere […]

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The First EPA Extension is Almost Over

For those of you who remember, the EPA RRP Rule went into effect 4/22/10. Folks who got their Certified Renovator certification early in the process had their renewal deadline extended until March 31, 2016. That’s next weeks, folks! If you miss your deadline, your certificate is not valid although you have up to one year […]

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Updates to Draft 9th Edition of the Massachusetts Building Code APPROVED

That’s right! For you folks who work in Massachusetts, the final draft of the Massachusetts Building Code, 9th Edition was approved by BBRS on January 12, 2016. The final draft is under review by the Executive Office of Administration and Finance and, when the review is completed, a public hearing will be scheduled. In the […]

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