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New regulations has created additional concerns for building owner and contractors. The regulations requires testing of building materials that may contain lead based paint before any renovation work is done. A new law requiring Landlords, Sellers, Realtors, and Building Managers to inspect for lead and disclose the results to all tenants and buyers of residential properties. The disclosure law is in effect now and you may contact A.Q. Management & Control for information on the new disclosure requirements. When lead paint are found, and removal is needed, proper removal must be done by a certified contractor. Part of proper removal is; (a) worker protection, protective clothing, respirators, filters etc., (b) biological testing and air monitoring for lead, (c) engineering controls to prevent exposure, (d) record keeping of medical and other records, (e) worker training, and many more requirements. When the requirements are not met by a contractor or owner, severe fines may be implemented. Fines in the seven digits has recently been set by OSHA. A Pittsburgh, PA painting firm was fined $ for subjecting its employees to lead exposure, for failing to provide proper engineering controls, proper training and proper respiratory protection.

The OSHA Lead Standard (29 CFR 1910.1025) for the General Industry was designed to regulate workplace exposures to lead. It has since 1978 been the principal source of guidance for establishing the "standard of care". The United States Federal Emergency Regulations, Title X and Title XVII, from 1994, affect housing built before 1978. The regulations were triggered by many reports of high lead blood levels in children. The United States federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration under the Department of Labor issued a Final Interim Lead in Construction Standard (29 CFR 1926.62) in June of 1993, cover all construction work where workers may be exposed to lead. The standard include; Permissible Exposure Limits as determined by air monitoring, engineering controls to reduce airborne lead, grade the type of work in different risk levels, respiratory protection, protective clothing, cleanup facilities, medical surveillance, biological monitoring, worker training and more.

We are DHS (State) certified for Lead Abatement, Contact A.Q. Management & Control for additional information on Lead Abatement.



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