Lead Paint Audio Seminar Available Online

Posted by pcbasentry on February 3, 2009

On October 28th NAHB Remodelers hosted a live audio seminar titled “EPA New Lead Paint Rule: What it Means for You.” In this hour long audio session, NAHB Remodeler members and staff experts reviewed the rule and how remodelers can prepare for it’s implementation.

Presented by NAHB Remodelers and The NAHB University of Housing, “The EPA’s New Lead Paint Rule: What it Means for You” explained in detail what the new rule covers, how to be in compliance and where to find additional information.

Featured speakers included:

  • Brindley Byrd, CGR, CAPS, of QX2 Contracting in Lansing, Mich.
    Byrd is an advocate for the remodeling industry and has been an active member of the NAHB Remodelers Lead Based Paint Task Force since 2003.
  • Bob Hanbury, CGR, of House of Hanbury in Newington, Conn.
    Hanbury is a member of the Connecticut Department of Public Safety State Codes and Standards Committee and has represented the remodeling industry during discussions and presentations on lead paint with HUD and the EPA.
  • Matt Watkins, NAHB environmental policy analyst.
    Watkins has been integral in writing several comment letters about the rule to the EPA. Prior to working at NAHB, he was a certified lead-paint risk assessor and worked extensively in enforcement and compliance for both state and local government. He also worked for a high production builder.

The EPA lead paint rule addresses remodeling and renovation projects disturbing more than six square feet of potentially contaminated painted surfaces for all residential and multifamily structures built prior to 1978 that are inhabited or frequented by pregnant women and children under the age of six. It will take effect in April 2010.

It requires a cleaning inspection after the work is completed and grants the remodeler flexibility in determining the size of the work area, which can reduce the size of the area subject to containment.

The EPA rule also lists prohibited work practices ― including open-torch burning and using high-heat guns and high-speed equipment such as grinders and sanders not equipped with a HEPA filter.

More than 80 sites participated in the audio seminar, with over 250 individuals listening in. Many local Remodelers Council hosted events to allow their members to participate on the call.

If you did not make the call on Oct. 28th, the full audio seminar, along with the handouts and presentation are now available online for $79. This seminar makes a great event for your remodelers, all that’s required is a computer with speakers, and PowerPoint or PowerPoint viewer.

For more details about the EPA Lead Paint Rule visit www.nahb.org/leadpaint. [return to top]


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