RRP Fines: EPA Goes After Non-Certified Remodelers

On Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it had taken 17 enforcement actions against remodeling firms who violated the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule. At least 12 of those actions were taken against remodelers who neglected obtaining a Lead Safe Renovator certification prior to offering to perform renovations on target housing built before 1978.

Non-Certified Firms

The EPA said it had reached administrative settlements with the non-certified companies. carcasa iphone 6 silicona apple In a press release it said a company’s or individual’s ability to pay a penalty is evaluated and that it adjusts penalties accordingly. carcasa mijloc samsung s4 12 of the firms fined for not obtaining the Lead Safe Renovator – Initial certification included:

  • Midwest College Painters, LLC of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
  • Henderson & Associates Services of Largo, Florida.
  • Home Resources Management, LLC of Columbia, Tennessee.
  • Camaj Interiors & Exteriors of Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Cherokee Home Improvements, LLC of Church Creek, Maryland.
  • Window World of Harford located in Belair, Maryland.
  • EA Construction and General Contracting of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
  • Roman Builders of Morton, Pennsylvania.
  • Accolade Construction Group, Inc. carcasa iphone 7 ironman of New York, New York.
  • PZ Painting of Springfield, New Jersey.
  • Reeson Construction of Webster, New Hampshire.
  • CM Rogers Handyman of Manchester, New Hampshire.

Other RRP Violations

In addition to not being certified, alleged violations the companies were cited for included:

  • Failure to provide lead hazard information to the property owners
  • Failure to post signs defining work area
  • Failure to post signs; contain waste; take extra precautions in containing the work area; cover doors with plastic sheeting; and cover ground with plastic
  • Failure to assign a certified renovator to the work site
  • Failure to establish and maintain records.

Micro-Business RRP Fines

Several of the 17 companies involved in the EPA’s latest round of fines qualified as micro businesses. This resulted in either a reduced fine or no fine at all. Fines for most of these kinds of businesses ranged from $0 about $600; one micro-business was fined $3,766.

Larger RRP Fines

Midwest College Painters LLC was fined $116,000 for RRP violations at a residential renovation or repair project located in Lansing, Michigan, in June 2011. Specifically, Midwest College Painters was fined for failing to obtain firm certification and failing to provide the “Renovate Right” pamphlet to property owners. cover led samsung s8 Also the company failed to establish and maintain RRP records certifying 1) that a certified renovator was assigned to the project, 2) that it provided on-the-job training to individuals used on the project, and 3) that it directed these individuals performing the renovation to comply with the work practice standards required by the RRP rule. carcasas iphone 8 unicornio Last, the company was fined for failing to take steps to contain paint dust from renovation work as required by the RRP Rule. The EPA also fined New Hampshire Plate Glass Corporation $90,750 for failure to assign a certified renovator to the work site, failure to cover ground with plastic sheeting and failure to contain waste from renovation activities. Also, the EPA fined Groeller Painting Inc. of St. Louis for failing to provide “Renovate Right,” failing to establish and maintain records, and failing to post signs, contain waste, take extra precautions in containing the work area, cover doors with plastic sheeting, and cover ground with plastic at the worksite. “Using lead-safe work practices is good business and it’s the law,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

Lead Renovators Can Use D-Lead Test Kit in Wis.

D-Lead from Esca Tech

D-Lead from Esca Tech

Lead Safe Renovators in Wisconsin now have a second option when a homeowner asks them to test their home for lead-based paint. The state Department of Health Services (DHS) recently approved Esca Tech’s D-Lead test kit for use on household components prior to renovation work.

Following is a how-to video produced by Esca Tech:

DHS has also outlined a long list of guidelines for using D-Lead. Here’s a condensed version:

  • Only Lead Safe Renovators can use the test kit on a home built before 1978. This means that your trained employees cannot use a lead test kit under the Lead Safe Renovator rule.
  • Renovators can only test for lead-based paint after they receive permission from the homeowner.
  • D-Lead can only be used on wood, ferrous metal (alloys that contain iron), drywall or plaster substrates.
  • Each distinct component and surface to be disturbed must be tested separately with new testing materials. For example, a single window system may require the use of 10 or more swabs to test all components of the window, including interior sill, apron, window well, exterior sill, interior sash and muntins, exterior sash and muntins, interior window casing, window jamb, interior stop, exterior stop, and exterior framing.

These are just a few of the requirements for using D-Lead or LeadCheck legally and safely in Wisconsin. For a comprehensive breakdown on how to use D-Lead lead test kits in Wisconsin, see DHS’s website. For information on D-Lead pricing and availability, see the Esca Tech website.

With the approval of D-Lead, Lead Safe Remodelers in Wisconsin now have two lead-based paint test kit options. The first test kit, approved in 2012, was 3M’s LeadCheck. Like D-Lead, you’re required to use a new LeadCheck swab for every single component you’ll be disturbing in a given renovation.

Lakeland Builders Association to Host EPA Lead Safe Training July 16 in Elkhorn

We are happy to announce that we’ve partnered with the Lakeland Builders Association (LBA) to hold a Lead Safe Renovator – Initial course on July 16 at the association’s headquarters in Elkhorn, WI. The class is open to members and non-members. Testudo’s own Samantha Dalsing, who also serves on the LBA’s board of directors, will instruct the course.

If you are not a member of the association, you can sign up right now here. If you are a member, you should call our office at (608) 205-8025 and we will enroll you at a discounted rate!

Fines for violating the RRP rule could be several thousands of dollars, and the state of Wisconsin is increasing enforcement. In addition to the training, attendees can also receive eight credits toward their Dwelling Contractor Qualifier license. If you already hold a Lead Safe Renovator license and need to take your Refresher training please contact Samantha.

Last, if you are building supplier in the Lakeland are and would like to tell your customers about this class, you can print out this flyer from the LBA’s website and display it at your store.

Thanks, and we’re looking forward to seeing you in July!

Take Lead Safe Renovator Training in May & Keep the Summertime Blues Away

The weather is finally warming up in Wisconsin. Homeowners are finally poking their heads outside and taking a hard look at their homes and making a list of remodeling chores they’d like taken care of this summer. And then they’re calling you. Chances are that homeowner’s dwelling was built before 1978 and that the job will most likely be affected by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule. That means you need to carry the Lead Safe Renovator certification to do that work.

Most RRP trainers scale back on course offerings during the summer since remodeling work amps up, but not Testudo. We realize that, while you might not carry the Lead Safe Renovator certification right now, a can’t-miss remodeling job will come up this summer. So you need to have your Lead Safe Renovator license in hand to keep the summertime blues away. After all, the last thing you need is to lose out on business because of a legal technicality.

Milwaukee, WI, Lead Safe Renovator Training

Already many remodelers are taking us up on our offering summer training sessions. Two of our Lead Safe Renovator – Initial classes to be held May 16 and May 28 in New Berlin, Wis., which is near Milwaukee, are booked to capacity. The good news is that you can call our offices at (608) 205-8025 to be added to the waiting lists, and if a spot opens up we’ll contact you immediately. Finally, on May 30 we’ll hold an additional class in New Berlin, which still has open seats, and you can sign up for that here.

Madison, WI, Lead Safe Renovator Training

Our very next Lead Safe Renovator – Initial class, set for May 7, will be held in Madison, and there are open seats. You can sign up here. Then on May 13, we’re holding a Lead Safe Renovator – Refresher class in Madison. This 4-hour class is available to remodelers who took their initial 8-hour training more than two years ago. Last, on May 21 we’re holding an already-sold-out Lead Safe Renovator – Initial class in Madison, and you can call us at (608) 205-8025 to get on that waiting list.

To close, here’s Testudo’s favorite rendition of that classic Eddie Cochran tune, “Summertime Blues,” here performed by The Who! Enjoy.

Lead Refresher Course Scheduled for Feb. 28 in Madison, Wis.

Due to high demand, Testudo LLC is offering Lead Safe Renovator-Refresher course in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule. Our next upcoming lead refresher course is scheduled for Feb. 28 in Madison and will be held at Kleenmark’s distributorship and showroom at 1206 Ann Street. Click here to register.

If you’re contracting in Wisconsin, the state’s Department of Health Services requires “refresher” training for the Lead Safe Renovator certification every four years. (And if you have other lead-related certifications with the state, here’s a handy table that outlines when you need to re-pay fees and take refresher trainings.)

As always, seating is limited at Testudo’s lead training courses, so click this link to register immediately. Paying in advance is the only way to guarantee yourself a seat at class.

Contractor Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison and Fined $62K for Asbestos Violations

Contractors: If you’re caught illegally handling, removing or disposing of asbestos-containing materials, you could be fined many thousands of dollars, and you could very well serve prison time—just ask Duane “Butch” O’Malley, who was ordered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in July to pay $62,000 in fines and restitution and sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegally mucking around with asbestos in the town of Kankakee, Ill., in 2009. In case you don’t know much about it, asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used in building materials for years and years. When it’s handled, microscopic asbestos fibers become airborne, and then they may find their way into the lungs of workers and building inhabitants. At it’s worst, asbestos can cause lung cancer or mesothelioma—dang! On the whole, the EPA is fairly considerate of circumstance when meting fines. The reason O’Malley’s fine was so large is because his violations were so egregious. samsung s8 plus carcasa When agreeing to do the job—removing asbestos-containing insulation from pipes in a five-story building—O’Malley drastically undercut what trained asbestos abatement contractors would have charged. To know how much to undercut, O’Malley clearly had an indication of what his competitors were charging for similar work, so he almost certainly knew about asbestos-related laws that are part of the U.S. Clean Air Act, which he violated. On the job site, O’Malley—owner and operator of Origin Fire Protection of Bourbonnais, Ill.—failed to notify tenants about the ongoing work in the building. He also neglected to train his workers for handling the materials. As a result, the asbestos-containing material was not wetted when it was removed (water weighs down the particles so they do not float through the air). fundas iphone 6s plus carcasa After the material was removed, O’Malley’s workers placed the waste in 100 un-marked plastic bags. carcasa con tapa iphone 6 plus Next, those bags were taken 30 minutes away to Hopkins Park, Ill., and they were left in an open field. carcasa iphone 6s baloncesto In the end, the tenants, O’Malley’s workers and anyone who comes across that open field in Hopkins Park could suffer from asbestos exposure. The federal court has yet to sentence Michael J. Pinski of Kankakee, who hired O’Malley, and James A. Mikrut of Manteno, Ill., who took care of hiring for O’Malley. carcasas iphone x Under the Clean Air Act, contractors, landlords and property managers are required to control the removal, handling and disposal of asbestos. Rest assured that Testudo LLC can help with training your workers or testing materials so you are positive whether certain building components contain asbestos.

3M LeadCheck Approved For Use in Wisconsin For RRP Lead Paint Work

On Wednesday, Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services (DHS) approved 3M LeadCheck for use by Lead Safe Renovators when they’re working on projects within the scope of the EPA’s Renovation, Repair & Painting (RRP) rule. apple carcasa iphone 6 silicona Haven’t heard the news yet? Well, don’t be too shocked—DHS hasn’t made an official announcement yet or anything, but they did write a letter to 3M about it, which you can read here:

On the face of it, this appears to be a good thing for Wisconsin’s contractors, electricians, painters, property managers and other renovators. samsung j3 2016 carcasa Instead of being required to assume that a painted surface within a pre-1978 home or child-occupied facility is lead-based, now contractors can use LeadCheck and at least have the opportunity to escape having to follow the extra lead-safe work requirements. To borrow the LeadCheck slogan, “If it’s red, there’s lead.” Well, if it doesn’t turn red … uhm … I know this won’t rhyme, but “If it doesn’t turn red, then you’re off the hook following the RRP guidelines.” So besides that catchy slogan we’re passing along, we also want to let you know that we’ve began offering LeadCheck in our online store. It’s available now and shipping immediately. So why did I preface the prior paragraph with “this appears to be a good thing”? I did that for two reasons: time and liability. carcasa negra iphone 6 First, doing this testing on your own will require time. As the Certified Renovator, you are required to test every coated surface that will be disturbed during the renovation; you also need to be thorough, and you need to properly test every layer of paint on the surface. When you’re done testing, you need to compile a lead testing report and then deliver that to the client within 10 days of the completed renovation. Last, doing your own testing will increase your liability at that job site. carcasa gato iphone 8 Not only is there a chance that you could improperly use LeadCheck—which could result in an inaccurate reading—but there is also a 5% chance that LeadCheck will give an inaccurate reading even when used properly. This means that, even though LeadCheck said there was no lead at that job site, you could still end up spreading dangerous amounts of lead dust around that job site. carcasa movil galaxy a5 Regardless whether you choose to do your own lead testing or have a different company do it for you, we have you covered. Go ahead and buy some LeadCheck today or call us today to schedule a third-party lead test at your next job site.

Announcing 4 Lead Safe Renovator Courses in Janesville, Wis.

Testudo LLC, Wisconsin’s leading provider of Lead Safe Renovator training for compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule, will hold four upcoming classes in Janesville, Wis. carcasa 360 iphone x These training sessions are open to anyone needing to comply with the RRP rule, including landlords, property managers and remodeling contractors (plumbers, electricians, roofers, window installers, wood floor installers, etc.). carcasa movil samsung s7 edge 1825 The class dates are:

All classes will be held at Commercial Bank: 1400 Black Bridge Road Janesville, WI 53545 View Larger Map Training will start at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. We’d like to thank the Wisconsin Apartment Association for assisting us with organizing these classes. carcasa iphone 8 plus con cristal Visit Testudo’s calendar page to register.