Lead Safe Certified and EPA Registered Contractor


Deck Staining for Minnetonka, MN In April 22, 2010, new regulations will be enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency which will require that contractors working on both interiors and exteriors of homes built before 1978, must follow strict containment and clean-up procedures whenever encountering lead-based paint products. Ignoring these new rules can result in hefty fines: up to $37,500 per violation, even per day.

THESE NEW LAWS ARE FOR REAL!

The EPA has made clear in published form, see www.epa.gov/lead just what it expects contractors to do when they encounter lead paint in a home they are renovating, and how to document what they've done-as proof in the event of an audit. These new regulations make contractors responsible for determining whether or not lead-based paint is present in homes built before 1978, for containing any dust or debris created in the course of a painting project, as well as making sure that the work area is free of lead particles when the job is finished. The contractor is also responsible to document that the homeowner was informed and that the work was done safely and at least supervised by a Certified Renovator.
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Steven Sampson's Painters are EPA Certified Lead Assessment and Containment Contractors.

Steven Sampson is a Certified Renovator. I'd like the opportunity to help you understand these new rules.

LEAD HEALTH HAZARDS

Lead exposure can be harmful to individuals of all ages, however it is especially damaging to children under six, fetuses, and women of childbearing age. The effects of lead poisoning may occur gradually and often show no obvious symptoms. Common symptoms of lead poisoning include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, difficulty in sleeping, fatigue, moodiness, headache, joint or muscle aches, anemia, and effects on male and female reproductive systems. The medical science community believes that there are strong probabilities that link toxins such as lead and asbestos to the unusually high number of diagnoses of learning disabilities, and autism, in children, as well as Alzheimer's disease in our seniors, growth impairment, permanent hearing and visual impairment, and other damage to the brain and nervous system. Blood levels containing lead in the United States have been reduced through efforts to reduce lead in gasoline, drinking water piping systems and food cans. There remains a significant health hazard from improperly managed lead-paint. Lead was used as a primary ingredient in many oil based paint products during the first half of this century. Usage of lead-based paint decreased during the 50's and 60's and it was banned from residential use in 1978.
On or after April 22, 2010, firms working in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities must be certified and use, lead-safe work practices during renovations. The penalty for noncompliance is $37,000 per day, per violation and possible jail time.

Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children. Under the rule, beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

Contractors and sub-contractors receiving payment for any lead-related renovation must be both a Certified Firm and a Certified Renovator. Both are valid for a period of 5 years after which re-certification is required.

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Lead Safe Certified and EPA Registered Contractor | Minneapolis, MN

Steven Sampson's Painters provides interior and exterior painting, deck cleaning and staining, wallpaper installation and removal, as well as many other services to the Lake Minnetonka area, including Minnetonka, Minneapolis, Eden Prairie, Mount, Wayzata, Excelsior, Long Lake, Navarre, Spring Park, Crystal Bay, Shorewood, Medina, Victoria, Minnetonka Beach, Greenwood, Chanhassen, Deephaven, Woodland, Plymouth, Edina and Maple Grove MN.