In July, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it had reached a settlement with a corporation out of Rhode Island for alleged violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule. The violations are alleged to have occurred during renovation and construction activities at a mill to lofts conversion project back in 2020. Under the settlement, the firm paid a fine of $25,000 and has come into compliance with lead paint laws.
The RRP Rule was created to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards that can occur during repair or remodeling in homes and child-occupied facilities, such as schools, that were built before 1978. It requires that individuals performing renovations be properly trained and certified, and must follow lead-safe work practices. It also requires building contractors that renovate pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities to be certified by EPA.
“EPA has pursued actions against a number of companies for alleged RRP violations over the past several years,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “This settlement is a reminder to renovation and construction companies that lead-based paints can be a costly and serious exposure risk for workers and building occupants if the proper safety precautions are not taken. Fortunately, identifying lead hazards in homes and buildings is quick, convenient and affordable. EMSL Analytical, with laboratories across the United States and Canada, provides environmental and material testing services for lead and other regulated materials. We also offer sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits and personal protective equipment. These services and products protect workers, the public, and help to keep companies in regulatory compliance.”
To learn more about lead or other environmental, health and safety testing services, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800)220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com . To access lead and other indoor environmental quality (IEQ) test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories with 46 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP 797, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOCs, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.
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