Pertria Announces Robert Burba Certification for California’s Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP)

Accordingly, Pertria is now eligible and will become a Certified Firm under Subsection 745.89 of 40 CFR Part 745.

Mr. Burba completed the 8 hour certification course at the Tri County Division of the California Apartment Association conducted by Benchmark Environmental Engineering, one of only two certified trainers in California.

Lead contained in paint, paint chips, dust and soil can pose serious health hazards to everybody – especially young children and pregnant women. According to Federal Law, any and all known lead hazards must be disclosed when selling or leasing real property. In addition to disclosure of known hazards, for all residences built before 1978 owners and managers of rental properties must provide incoming tenants a federally approved pamphlet on the prevention of lead poisoning.

As of April 22, 2010 more stringent Federal requirements came into effect thru the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Final Rule. And although it is reported that enforcement of these new requirements will not begin until 2012 due to a nationwide shortage of Certified Trainers approved by the EPA to provide compliance training and certification, it is anticipated that the new RRP Rules will have a resounding effect on how owners, contractors and managers perform and manage all repairs and remodeling activities.

The RRP rule addresses activities that disturb lead based paint in target housing and child occupied facilities and requires the following:

  • Renovators must be certified through EPA RPP training
  • Firms must be certified through EPA RPP training
  • Lead-safe work practices must be observed during renovations
  • Pre-renovation education required in target housing and child occupied facilities

The lead safe work practices required under the new rule could drastically impact the amount of time and cost of any applicable renovations. Industry experts are predicting an average project cost increase of 25% in order to comply with the required construction and clean up practices.

The Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule applies to any interior work that disturbs more than 6 square feet per room of painted surfaces for interior work and more than 20 square feet for exterior work that disturbs painted surfaces.

Should these new rules be overlooked, the EPA has the authority to seek civil fines of up to $37,500 per offense. Knowing and willful violations of the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule requirements could result in criminal fines of up to $37,500 per offense.

The EPA is set to launch a large scale public education campaign using several forms of media to bring the new requirements to the attention of the general public over the next 24 months. The EPA is also hiring job site inspectors who have the authority to randomly spot check compliance on any renovation projects.

View Pertria’s Lead Certificate