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Lead Safety and Environmental Regulations Standards

Posted by Titan on August 8, 2013

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OSHA’s standard for protecting workers from lead (29 CFR 1926.62) celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.
Titan acknowledges the NEED to be up-to-date on the many environmental regulations and the standards that keep workers and building occupants safe. The links provided below, offer quick reference to helpful information to keep you up-to-date:

Top 7 RRP Violations Resulting in Hefty Fines

Posted by Titan on July 3, 2013

Did you know? Most RRP fines from the EPA are due to improper paperwork and not following the basic guidelines? Failure to comply could result in fines of up to the statutory maximum of $37,500 per violation per day.

1. Failure to establish and maintain records.
This is the #1 violation. You must keep all records for all work you have performed, records for all certified workers and proof they were certified during the job, proof they were the ones on the job, proof of compliance, and post-renovation cleaning verifications. Take pictures, get signatures, document, document, document!2. Failure to comply with work practice standards.
This is very specific information that covers a wide-range of work practices. Including, but not limited to:
* Use of machines designed to remove paint or other surface
coatings through high speed operation without a HEPA
vacuum attachment.
* Failure to contain waste from renovation activities.
* Failure to contain work area, including windows and doors.
* Failure to contain lead dust.

3. Failure to comply with training requirements.
You must obtain a training course completion certificate.4. Failure to provide the lead hazard information pamphlet, Renovate Right, to the property owner.
Document this! Obtain a signature, take a picture of yourself delivering it to each address, email a copy, and retain this documentation for 3 years.

5. Failure to obtain firm certification.
These are simple applications to the EPA and State.

6. Failure to ensure trained individuals performed the renovation.
DOCUMENT EVERYTHING!

7. Failure to post signs.
You must post signs clearly defining the work area and warning occupants not to enter prior to beginning work. Take a picture!

Lead-safe work practices are critical to reducing exposure to lead-based paint hazards and avoiding potential lead poisoning.

And remember, RRP compliance is an inexpensive solution to an expensive problem.

If you are a contractor or have employees who work on pre-1978 homes and have not taken the RRP certification class or need a refresher course:

Environmental Awareness-101

Posted by Titan on June 27, 2013

DID YOU KNOW?
* The average person spends 90% of their time indoors.
* The air indoors is 2-to-5x more polluted than the air outdoors.
* Children breathe in 50% more air than adults.
* According to the CDC, at least 4 million households have children living in them that are being exposed to lead.
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Factors that compromise an indoor environment include:
* Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) * Carbon Monoxide
* Lead Paint and Lead Dust * Asbestos * Mold * Dust Mites
* And scores of other common indoor pollutants.
Common signs of indoor toxicity:

* Allergies, asthma, headaches or fatigue worsen when
you are in your house or another building.
* You generally feel sick or tired indoors.
* Unsuccessful attempts to feel better.

Spreading knowledge is key to these very serious problems.

CARE FOR YOUR AIR!