Lead Paint Law Claims First Contractor

Lead Paint Law Claims First Contractor

There are 4 comments on the GreenBuildingAdvisor story from May 16, 2011, titled Lead Paint Law Claims First Contractor. In it, GreenBuildingAdvisor reports that:

EPA files a complaint against a Maine contractor for violating RRP requirements designed to protect children from exposure to lead-based paint Posted on May 16 by Richard Defendorf Contractor allegedly fails to train employees, post signs, report compliance, or contain dust at house with six kids.

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Dan Allen

Brunswick, ME

#1 May 17, 2011
It seems impossible that Mr. Wentworth would take the course to become lead safe certified and then work in this fashion. I am lead safe certified and would not dream of working this way, much less not taking ANY steps at all to follow lead safe practices. Of course, IF he tested for the presence of lead paint and found none, he is in the clear. No lead on this building? Seems unlikely

Centerville, MA

#2 May 24, 2011
I agree with you. And no one with RRP certification was on the job supervising his employees either. Small amounts of lead-based paint chips and dust can be harmful for children and pregnant women. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 87% of homes built before 1940 have lead-based paint, 69 % of homes built from 1940 to 1960 contain lead-based paint, and 24% of homes built between 1960 and 1978 have some lead-based paint. If you see violators, I suggest you report them here: http://www.epa.gov/region1/enforcement/leadpa...
A Lead-Smart Renovator

Farmington, ME

#3 May 27, 2011
Yeah, too bad he failed to follow the regulations. I had to invest in over $1,000 worth of training, certification, and equipment to keep my small painting company going. We're going to see more of this...and it's not a bad thing provided they are going for these kinds of abuses of the law! At least this is common sense - you just CAN'T do this to people! He wasn't ignorant of the harm. I wish the fines were a bit less excessive for 1st time offenses, and that the certification alone wasn't $300...but that's life. Support your health, safety, and community: ONLY HIRE CERTIFIED PAINTERS AND RENOVATORS!!! Ask for their certifications!!! The other guys don't know what they're doing, and present a danger to you, your kids, and neighbors!

Brunswick, ME

#4 Sep 7, 2015
It's really worth having the knowledge,been certified for about ten years.had an initial course and a refresher course,a lot of the things I learned has helped me be more professional and has helped my clients,their children,family,neighbors feel safe,and comfortable knowing that my crew and I have been coached on lead removal/containment.just saying it's something a contractor should be happy to do,to learn,and save his/her ass

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