Cinnaminson, NJ, January 12, 2023
Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that five home renovation companies in Kansas and Missouri have agreed to pay nearly $132,000 collectively in penalties to resolve alleged violations of the federal Toxic Substances Control Act. EPA claims the companies failed to comply with regulations intended to reduce the hazards of lead-based paint exposure during renovation projects.
According to the EPA news release:
Companies that perform home renovations, or hire subcontractors to perform renovations, are required to comply with regulations under EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program. These regulations include requirements to obtain certification from EPA prior to performing renovations, as well as compliance with lead safety practices, records retention, and notification to homeowners about the hazards of renovation-related lead exposure.
“EPA’s RRP Rule was introduced in 2008 and 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,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Fortunately, identifying lead hazards in any type of building is quick, convenient and affordable. EMSL Analytical, with a laboratory in Missouri and dozens more across the United States and Canada, provides environmental and material testing services for lead and other heavy metals. Sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits and personal protective equipment are also available. These services and products can be essential for protecting workers and the public, and help companies comply with health and safety regulations.”
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 with 46 locations 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, VOCs, 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 EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA 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.