Lead Paint Rule Recertification Proposal Huge for Remodelers

Filed in Codes and Standards, Remodeling by on January 15, 2015 0 Comments

paintchipsThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened a 30-day comment period for a proposed amendment to the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule that would make it easier for remodelers and other contractors to renew their certifications. The amendment would:

  • Remove the hands-on training requirements from the refresher training course, which would allow renovators to complete this training entirely online. NAHB sent a letter to EPA in May 2014 supporting this proposal because it helps small remodeling businesses, subcontractors and maintenance personnel by allowing them to avoid the added burden of lost wages and additional costs of traveling to a training location.
  • Provide a six-month extension for certifications that expire by July 1. NAHB called for this extension during its November meeting with OMB to ensure as many renovators as possible are able to take advantage of the savings resulting from the proposal. Without the extension, these remodelers will need to complete the classroom course by July 1 and be unable to access the online-only option.

NAHB continues to highlight that time is of the essence in this matter. For the proposed rule to make a difference for remodelers who must recertify before July 1, the amendment must be in effect before the upcoming recertification deadlines –a point that will be clearly made in comments NAHB plans to submit on the rule.

The proposal does not affect the initial certification process, which includes hands-on training on lead-safe work practices.

To find out when your EPA LeadSafe Certified Renovator certification expires, visit the EPA firm locator page. Learn more about the EPA lead paint rule recertification process, get additional details on the EPA lead paint rule at nahb.org/leadpaint, or contact Tamra Spielvogel at 800-368-5242 x8327.

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