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Lead Poisoning Moved To 5μg/dL

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today, agreed with the Advisory Committee for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (ACCLPP) to move the line for the lead poisoning of children from 10μg/dL to 5μg/dL.  μg/dL stands for micro-grams per deciliter, which is a measurement used for blood levels. The CDC also agreed that the term “level of concern” […]

Taking Your Work Home With You

I’m in the middle of a Elevated Blood Lead Investigation.  This is where I try and find the source or sources that caused the lead poisoning of a child.  One suspect is a painter who transferred lead dust from his clothes to the family car and then that dust was transferred to his wife’s clothing and […]

LeadCheck for Plaster and Drywall

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that LeadCheck is now approved to test drywall or plaster.  You can verify this by going to This approval was in the works back in September of 2010, but wasn’t made official until a few days ago.  It seems LeadCheck had to do some of their own test, […]

RRP, Opt-Out Returning?

There has been a lot of chatter about the recent Lead Reduction Amendments Act of 2012, where the Senate bill proposes to return the Opt-Out to the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.  The bill was introduced by Senator Inhofe (R-OK) and is co-sponsored by several other republicans.  NARI, NAHB, and many other contractor organizations […]

Lead Hazards, Legal But Liable

While not a topic everyone wants to hear, it is an important subject if you have concerns with risk management.  Each month, 100,000 to 200,000 people are learning about the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.  This is primarily from Lead Safe Certified Firms giving estimates and explaining the dangers of lead based paint. Unfortunately, with […]

Paint Chip Sampling

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 […]

Selling RRP Projects

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 […]

EPA Certified Painters, What To Lead Test

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 […]

2011 RRP Changes, Vertical Containment

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 […]