The EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting Regulation states that any renovations or repairs where over 6 square feet of interior lead-based paint is being disturbed an EPA Certified Contractor is required. This pertains to pre-1978 housing and child occupied facilities.
This certification qualifies us to identify renovations where lead based paint is involved in child occupied facilities. This can include facilities schools, day cares, hospitals, and much more.
Lead has been a hot topic in the news during the past few years and rightfully so. This chemical has some beneficial uses but can also be toxic to humans and pets. Believe it or not, lead is all around you in the air, soil, gasoline, and the previous use of lead-based paints.
While anyone exposed to lead can have health effects, children 6 and under are the most susceptible because they absorb more of it into their growing bodies. Reduction of lead exposure is also extremely important for pregnant women. If she’s exposed, the developing baby is too.
Head over to the EPA’s website to learn how lead exposure can affect the health of you, your child, and pregnant women.
At Vortex, our goal is to lower or eliminate lead exposure. Here are some tips straight from the EPA for lowering your exposure to lead.
- Inspect and maintain all painted surfaces to prevent paint deterioration
- Address water damage quickly and completely
- Keep your home clean and dust-free
- Clean around painted areas where friction can generate dust, such as doors, windows, and drawers. Wipe these areas with a wet sponge or rag to remove paint chips or dust
- Use only cold water to prepare food and drinks
- Flush water outlets used for drinking or food preparation
- Clean debris out of outlet screens or faucet aerators on a regular basis
- Wash children’s hands, bottles, pacifiers and toys often
- Teach children to wipe and remove their shoes and wash hands after playing outdoors
- Ensure that your family members eat well-balanced meals. Children with healthy diets absorb less lead.
If you’re doing your own home renovation, take a look through this EPA guide regarding renovating the right way to avoid lead exposure.
If you’re a business needing repairs or renovations, make sure they are a Lead-Safe Certified Firm. Look for the seal (below) to spot a Lead-Safe Certified Firm. It usually means that they, like us, take safety extremely seriously.