Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 is sending courtesy reminders to remodeling and painting contractors across Missouri about a federal rule aimed at protecting children from exposure to harmful lead dust generated during renovations, repairs and painting projects in child care facilities, schools and housing. The rule, issued in April 2008 by EPA, requires contractors and construction professionals that work in pre-1978 housing or child-occupied facilities to follow certain work practice standards to reduce potential exposures to dangerous levels of lead for children under age six.
Information to help contractors learn more about complying with the rule is available online at www.epa.gov/lead, by clicking on the "Renovator & Trainer Tool Box." Additional information is available by calling the National Lead Information Center, 1-800-424-LEAD (5323), or the EPA Region 7 Action Line, 1-800-223-0425.
You can read the original EPA news release here.