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Do you know your RRP?

Posted by Titan on August 2, 2013

When you’re not up-to-date on RRP you stand to be severely penalized.

Recently, a KC company agreed to pay more than $65,000 in penalties for not following lead-safe work practices as required by the RRP rule. These violations included failure to properly post signs, failure to close all doors and windows as required, failure to cover the ground as required, and failure to clean properly.

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The Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule is a part of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The rule requires each person or firm hired to perform a renovation to be certified and to use specific work practices to minimize lead-based paint hazards for workers and occupants.  Under the RRP rule, general contractors can be held liable for regulated renovation work that subcontractors perform for the company. This includes record-keeping as well.

Don’t be next on the EPA’s compliance offender list.  Get up-to-date on your RRP with Titan Environmental.  Our next EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) training course is:

Friday, August 16th, 2013

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Seats are limited and class is only offered once a month!

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http://www.titankc.com/training-calendar/

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: