As you may have heard the EPA has required that all houses built prior to 1978 must undergo a lead test to detect the presence or absence of lead in construction materials used in the past. This test is provided at no charge to my clients in most cases. If lead is detected we are required to take certain measures (Lead Safe Practices) to control the spread of toxic lead dust. This includes clearly marking and containing the work zone, setting up plastic containments around each window’s interior and tarping the exterior. Also, all workers must wear protective clothing and respirators. In addition, we use the required HEPA-rated vacuums and lead-attractive wipes to clean containment and work areas and properly dispose of the old materials. These procedures do result in additional costs (based on window size) but are necessary to protect the homeowners, renters, children, pets and installers alike. All of these procedures must be documented for our records. Here are some photos taken from several of the lead jobs we have completed. These pictures demonstrate how Mile High Window, Solar & Landscape responsibly deals with this issue. Keep in mind that other companies may not be sufficiently trained or equipped to handle these jobs.
Our actual certificate from the EPA arrived today – with the Lead-Safe Certified Firm Logo.
This specifically identifies Mile High WS&L as fully certified under the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RPR) Rule.
Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.
To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
EPA’s lead renovation, repair and painting (RRP) program rule requires contractors to be certified in lead-safe work practices and training providers to be accredited by EPA. Mile High WSL is pleased to announce that we have completed the coursework and we have the required certification to safely and legally remove the lead necessary to replace windows in your home. The new EPA rules take effect in April 2010, don’t be caught off-guard by a contractor who isn’t prepared. Your city will likely require a separate permit for the removal of the lead, and contractors must be certified to perform this work.
We offer FREE lead tests with a signed contract to anyone living in a house built before 1978. If you have lead in your home, we are a certified lead-removal contractor in the Denver, Colorado Metro Area.