The Professional Remodelers Organization of the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland (PRO), an organization that consists of the area’s top remodelers, subcontractors and suppliers in the home remodeling industry, wants to ensure Portland homeowners understand the new EPA lead paint law and hire certified contractors to do renovations in all homes built prior to 1978.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation Lead Paint: Renovation Repair and Painting goes into effect on April 22, 2010. Not only will healthier homes result from this new lead paint law but serious life-long health problems from long term lead exposure including learning disabilities, seizures and even death will be prevented. According to a report by the President’s Task force on Environmental Health and Safety Risks to Children, approximately 24 million pre-1978 U.S. dwellings are at risk for lead-based paint hazards.
The new law requires contractors to get certified in lead-safe work practices if their work disturbs more than 6 square feet of paint on the interior or a 20-square-foot section on the exterior of a home built before 1978. The older the home is, the more likely it contains lead-based paint, which can turn into a fine, ingestible dust if disturbed.
Here in Portland, remodelers are focused on applying lead-safe work practices and are getting certified by the April 22 deadline. PRO continues to spread the word among members and contractors to ensure they’ve completed the necessary training (six hours in the classroom and two hours of hands-on work).
“The members of the Professional Remodelers Organization of Metro Portland are working hard to get certified by the deadline. We can help consumers find certified renovators and can provide information on safe work practices while working in homes with lead paint,” said Mitch Stanley, owner of Stanley Home Renovation & Design and the Professional Remodelers Organization Chairman.
“Common renovation activities performed by remodelers, carpenters, plumbers, heating and air conditioning workers, window installers and others including sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint. The HBA supports the intent of the rule to prevent childhood lead poisoning, and we’ve been working hard to educate contractors about lead-safe work practices,” said Hallie Gentry, Professional Remodelers Organization manager.
Resources available include:
- For more information about the Professional Remodelers Organization visit www.hbapro.org.
- For more information about the new rule, visit www.epa.gov/lead