Effective April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair, and painting projects in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must now be certified and adhere to specific work guidelines to prevent lead contamination, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program. In addition to lead-safe work practices, certified contractors must also follow these three simple procedures:
- Contain the work area
- Minimize dust
- Clean up thoroughly
A commercial vacuum cleaner featuring true HEPA filtration can help you remain RRP-compliant and avoid the health risks associated with exposure to lead dust and chips that often result during renovation and repair activities.