2010 Lead Paint Law
Today, April 22, 2010, on Earth Day the EPA has instituted a new Lead Paint Law that will drastically impact both homeowners and contractors. Homeowners can expect significant increased costs for renovation and remodeling projects on buildings that were built prior to 1978. Contractors can expect additional training and reporting responsibilities along with the threat of fines up to $37,500 per day!
What Homeowners Should Know
You own a home that was built prior to 1978 then your home is covered by the new Lead Paint Law. If you hire a contractor (the law DOES NOT apply to DIY projects) to work on your home and it requires the disturbance of more than 6 square feet inside or 20 square feet outside then the law requires the work be performed by a certified contractor. If you’d like more details you can read about it at the following link:
What Contractors Should Know
If you’re a contractor who performs work on older homes (built prior to 1978) then you will definitely be required to abide by the new Lead Paint Law. This new law will affect not only carpenters but most every trade including but not limited to: painters, plumbers, electricians, siding contractors, window contractors and even small handymen.
Some of you out there might think it’s not worth dealing with. You might want to reconsider that thought when you find out that the EPA can fine you upwards of $37,500 per day for violations of the new law. If you’re interested in learning more about how to become a certified contractor then check out our article:
Does This New Law Make Sense?
We’ve written several articles on the subject leading up to today’s new law and the feedback has been quite “disgruntled”. While we agree that lead paint is a serious health hazard we also understand some of the concerns being voiced by homeowners and contractors. There’s no doubt that the new law will cause some serious financial burdens on homeowners and contractors. What’s more frustrating is the fact that the paint companies that sold these products are not the ones paying this bill.
What can you do? Well for starters we recommend you comply with the new law. There’s no sense putting your family or business in jeopardy. We also think you can help make the law better by contacting your political representatives and asking them to work harder at making a law that is reasonable and effective.