Time Running Out to Prepare for EPA Lead Paint Rules

February 9, 2010

"Don't wait any longer," said Paul Toub of Kachina Lead Paint Solutions, speaking to participants in the Window & Door Dealers Alliance webinar focusing on new Environmental Protection Agency rules addressing remodeling work in pre-1978 homes. With the April 22 effective date fast approaching, he urged listeners tuning in for yesterday's session to get their companies registered and get their workers trained and certified as soon as possible.

"Our world in the remodeling business is going to change dramatically," Toub predicted, as he started the the hour-plus session.  He went on to detail what he described as "lead safe business practices" under the new EPA rules. Beginning with the initial check of whether a home was built prior to 1978, then the test procedures for lead, and the potential for the homeowner to "opt out" on the use of lead-safe work practices, Toub reviewed numerous forms and checklists his company recommends remodeling firms, including window and door replacement dealers, use to address the new requirements from before the sale all the way through the completion of the project. 

"Act now," he emphasized. "You want to allow time to deal with all the potential protocols." It will take time for companies to establish all the procedures and prepare forms to create the necessary paper trail under the new law.  Companies also need time to assess the impact of the new law on their pricing, as well as acquire all the necessary equipment and supplies for "lead safe work practices," he added.

In working with remodeling companies, Toub's firm has found it has taken as long as two months after submitting the application form for companies to get registered by EPA.  "And no EPA certification means there's no work," he said, at least on many homes.

To register the company with EPA, he added, it is not necessary to have workers that are trained and certified yet.  That process is independent, but it needs to start too, Toub noted. One reason companies need to get "certified" renovators, he noted, is the new law requires all workers involved in jobs where lead paint is found need to be trained.  They don't all need to be "certified," he stated, but the law requires they receive two hours of on-the-job training on relevant lead-safe work practices. 

The lead paint webinar, which was recorded, represented the first event organized by the newly-formed Window & Door Dealers Alliance.  Information on viewing the $25 session is available at www.myglassclass.com.