EPA, Charleston Slate Lead-based Repair Workshop

Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in conjunction with the city of Charleston's Lead Hazard Control Program at the Department of Housing and Community Development, will conduct a Compliance Assistance Workshop on the new Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule (RRP) from 2 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 28 in the Charleston County Public Library, Charleston, S.C.

The workshop will include discussions on the Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Rule, as well as RRP, its training components, and the importance of lead safe work practices. The speakers will include a certified Lead-Based Paint Regulations Trainer from Greenville Technical College and an EPA Lead Based Paint Program Inspector.

Because lead-based paint in the home is the primary cause of childhood lead poisoning, the Lead Safe RRP rule places new requirements on property management companies, landlords, contractors, renovators and painters for lead safe work practices to reduce the lead exposure of children.

Landlords, property managers, and their employees are responsible for ensuring compliance with the rule and play an important role in protecting public health by helping prevent lead exposure from their housing units. All contractors (e.g., builders, electricians, maintenance workers, painters, plumbers, weatherization, etc.) must be trained and certified by April 22, 2010.

EPA's Web site now lists more than 80 accredited trainers.

If you have questions about the RRP rule or the certification process, contact Alex Winston at 404.562.8994, visit www.epa.gov/lead, or call the National Lead Information Center at 1.800.424.5323.

To register for the workshop, contact Lisa Fleming with the Lead Hazard Control Program, at 843.577.0216.

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