Archive for the 'Lead' Category

New DVD: Protect your family from lead-dust poisoning during remodeling

Did you know that remodeling contractors are now required to take special efforts to protect families from the harmful effects of lead-tainted dust in older homes? The new law is called the EPA RRP Rule. So if you have a home older than 1978 (when lead was outlawed in paint), there’s a good chance that the [...]

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Protecting your kids from lead poisoning — tips from the NAHB

How do you protect your kids from lead poisoning during a remodel? Here are tips for homeowners from the National Association of Home Builders: Professional remodelers who have achieved EPA Lead-Safe Certification are trained and prepared to work in pre-1978 homes for minimizing dust and potential lead paint exposures. These workers also have certified their firms [...]

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Is there toxic lead in everything?

Just for fun here at Kathy’s Remodeling Blog, we decided to check how many products have been recalled lately for dangerously high levels of lead. As you know, lead is very dangerous when inhaled or ingested and causes brain damage and learning disabilities in children. As if life wasn’t hard enough. In adults, it can [...]

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Looking for a new career? A lot of old wood windows need restoring

I’ve been self-employed my whole career and I could not be happier. No matter what the economy is doing, a scrappy freelancer can find work. If I was casting about for a new career, I might consider becoming a restorer of old wood windows, like this woman featured in an Old House Journal article. Pam [...]

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Protect your family from lead-dust poisoning during remodeling

If you live in a house older than 1978, there’s a chance it contains paint with lead in it. Now don’t freak out. Even though lead when ingested or inhaled can cause brain damage, the paint itself is not dangerous unless it’s chipping off or is turned into dust by sanding and cutting. In a [...]

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Having fun in an RRP lead-safety class? Is that even legal?

As anyone who has taken the 8-hour lead-safety class to become an EPA RRP Certified Renovator knows, the material can be quite dry. Of course, New Orleans-based trainer Bill Robinson tries to bring a little life into his classes. After all, he wants his students to remain awake and aware and to pass the test [...]

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The carpenter’s daughter with elevated blood-lead levels

The other day, a little girl’s doctor told her parents their child’s blood-lead level was elevated. It wasn’t yet at the 10 micrograms per deciliter that is considered dangerous. But at 6 micrograms per deciliter, it was moving in that direction. And her dad freaked out. Why? See how lead blood levels are tested The [...]

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New video training program teaches RRP lead-safe practices to jobsite workers

The moment remodeling contractors, company owners and others get certified under the EPA’s new Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (also known as RRP), a new problem arises: How do they teach on-the-job workers to handle lead-tainted dust in the manner they just learned about in an intensive 8-hour class? A new video training program by [...]

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Owners of pre-1978 homes may soon have a better pool of contractors to choose from

Own an older home? Beginning April 22, only contractors who have been trained in safe handling of lead-contaminated paint dust can legally work on your home. And that’s a good thing for you. If you’ve been keeping up with contractor-type news, you know that contractors are not happy at all with a soon-to-be enforced EPA [...]

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Contractors lagging behind in new lead training law

Planning to remodel? Unless your home is fairly new, only renovators certified to handle lead will soon be legally allowed to do the work.  The problem: Many are not yet ready. The EPA is slated to enact a rule April 22 that will require remodelers who work on homes built before 1978, when lead paint [...]

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