Cinnaminson, NJ, July 28th
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last month that it had reached a settlement with a home renovation company in Hawaii for violations of federal lead-based paint regulations. Under the terms of the settlement, the firm has agreed to pay thousands of dollars in penalties for failing to comply with the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule during various projects that took place in the state.
The RRP Rule was created to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards that can occur during repair or remodeling in homes and child-occupied facilities, such as schools that were built before 1978. It requires that individuals performing renovations be properly trained and certified and must follow lead-safe work practices. It also requires building contractors that renovate pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities to be certified by the EPA.
“One of the primary ways people, especially young children, are exposed to lead is through old lead-based paints found on the interior and exterior of homes and other buildings,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Lead is particularly dangerous to children because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults do, and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to exposure. Even low levels of lead in the blood of children can result in behavioral and learning problems, slowed growth, hearing problems, anemia, hyperactivity, and even a lower IQ.”
Fortunately, identifying lead hazards in homes, daycare facilities, schools, and other structures is quick and convenient. EMSL Analytical, with laboratories across the United States and Canada, provides environmental and material testing services for lead and other heavy metals. They also offer sampling supplies, test kits, and even personal protective equipment (PPE).
To learn more about lead or other environmental, health, and safety testing services, please visit www.EMSL.com
, call (800) 220-3675, or email info@EMSL.com
. To access lead and other indoor environmental quality (IEQ) test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com
.About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella
, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products, and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP, and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com
for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.