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Paint Chip Sampling

Paint Chip Sampling

By on September 28, 2011 in Lead Paint with 2 Comments

On October 4, 2011 Certified Renovators will be allowed to take paint chip samples as allowed by the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.  What has not been discussed is how to properly take a paint chip sample … until now. Warning:  Paint chip sampling is a destructive test.  It will produce small quantities of […]

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Selling RRP Projects, Part Two

Selling RRP Projects, Part Two

By on September 25, 2011 in Lead Paint, Marketing with 2 Comments

We found from part one that if we would actually read the law, many of our projects would have low compliance cost.  If the compliance cost were under 10% of the overall job price, maybe it was simply a better idea not to mention RRP at all. Part Two covers RRP projects that would exceed 10% […]

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Ducks in a row…..

Ducks in a row…..

By on September 21, 2011 in Safety and OSHA with 1 Comment

One of the hardest things about being a Painting Contractor is keeping up with all the legal requirements of owning a service oriented business.  We work with dangerous chemicals, use equipment that has high rates of injuries, and usually do this in an occupied home. That is a lot of liability! Are you covered? Mark […]

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Selling RRP Projects

Selling RRP Projects

By on August 30, 2011 in Lead Paint, Marketing with 5 Comments

Selling Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule projects can be a daunting task, especially if you’re competing against non-certified contractors.  The non-certified firm can easily under cut your prices, since they have no additional compliance cost.  On top of this, while you should be wooing your potential customer with your expertise, fantastic reputation and expressing […]

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EPA Certified Painters, What To Lead Test

EPA Certified Painters, What To Lead Test

By on August 17, 2011 in Lead Paint with 5 Comments

Many EPA Certified Renovators (CR) are surprised to hear that they are required to lead test each and every single component or integrated whole (component system).  This surprise, is due to the instructor only spending a few minutes on “what to test” when teaching the 8 hour course. From the actual rule … 745.82(2) Renovations […]

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OHSA Who? What do painters need to know?

OHSA Who? What do painters need to know?

By on August 7, 2011 in Safety and OSHA with 3 Comments

OHSA has been in the news and a hot topic in some of the contractor forums. How do these rules apply to residential painting contractors? You may be at risk of violating OHSA safety rules even if you do keep a safe workspace. Do you really know how to keep a safe workplace? What do […]

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2011 RRP Changes, Vertical Containment

2011 RRP Changes, Vertical Containment

By on August 3, 2011 in Lead Paint with 1 Comment

In July 2011, the EPA notified us that certain changes will be made to the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.  One of these changes has to do with vertical containment.  The actual law wording will read like this … If the renovation will affect surfaces within 10 feet of the property line, the renovation […]

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RRP, New Renovate Right Pamphlet

RRP, New Renovate Right Pamphlet

By on July 19, 2011 in Lead Paint with 0 Comments

The announced July 15, 2011 changes to 40 CFR Part 745 Subpart E, better known as the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule requires contractors to begin immediately handing out a new Renovate Right pamphlet when the changes are placed in the Federal Register.  The new rule will be placed in the Federal Register in […]

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RRP, 2011 Rule Changes For Painting Contractors

RRP, 2011 Rule Changes For Painting Contractors

By on July 19, 2011 in Lead Paint with 1 Comment

There seems to be some confusion about the recent Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule changes that were announced on July 15, 2011.  To add to the confusion, articles like this one have contractors thinking that RRP is dead or at least dying. The accurate result is that RRP is very much alive and well […]

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Lead Risk Management for Painting Contractors

Lead Risk Management for Painting Contractors

By on July 13, 2011 in Lead Paint with 0 Comments

Undoubtedly, the lead laws have increased the homeowner’s awareness of lead hazards.   With this increase of understanding, come lawsuits.  Risk management is about controlling risk.  A simple example would be to verify that the paint in the can is the same paint that the homeowner wanted. Risk management is not only about winning a case […]

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Can RRP help your business?

Can RRP help your business?

By on July 11, 2011 in Business Practices, Lead Paint with 0 Comments

Those that know me have heard me talk about RRP for years. Although I dislike the whole way it was implemented by the EPA just as much as the next guy, I never felt the ranting was going to serve any purpose and instead chose to educate myself and others about it to the best […]

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OSHA’s Lead Rule:  Painting Contractor’s Brief Overview

OSHA’s Lead Rule: Painting Contractor’s Brief Overview

By on July 4, 2011 in Lead Paint with 0 Comments

The Occupational Safety Health Administration’s (OSHA) 29 CFR 1926 Subpart D, is better known as the Lead In Construction rule (1926.62).  OSHA is a part of the U.S. Department of Labor and is in charge of the safety of workers and employees.  It is important to note, that OSHA many times will fine contractors that […]

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HUD’s Lead Safe Housing Rule (LSHR): Painting Contractor’s Brief Overview

HUD’s Lead Safe Housing Rule (LSHR): Painting Contractor’s Brief Overview

By on June 30, 2011 in Lead Paint with 1 Comment

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) 24 CFR 35 Subparts B thru R, is better known as the Lead Safe Housing Rule (LSHR).  If you have chosen to be a Lead Safe Certified Firm and use a Certified Renovator, not only can you work on RRP projects, but also many HUD projects that […]

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EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule: Painting Contractor’s Overview

EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule: Painting Contractor’s Overview

By on June 28, 2011 in Lead Paint with 2 Comments

Some states have taken over the RRP and you will need to handle everything through them.  As the years go by, more and more states will probably take over RRP.  Please check with your state first. Brief Overview As you are probably aware, on April 22, 2010 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 40 CFR […]

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Protecting Yourself and Your Family

Protecting Yourself and Your Family

By on June 24, 2011 in Lead Paint with 2 Comments

Like all construction workers, painters can be a hard nose tough group of people.  In fact, many times we wear the description as a badge of honor.  Sometimes, there is nothing worse than talking with a “suit” (white collar worker) and listening to him explain how he wants the painting to be done.  Painters are […]

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