The Building Performance Center has expanded it’s lead clearance testing services beyond providing testing solely for residents in low income weatherization and repair programs to any home owners and property owners within Whatcom, Skagit and Island Counties. “We anticipated a growing need within our local communities for services to help property owners navigate the new laws covering lead hazards in homes and landscapes and think we are uniquely qualified, given our many years of experience with lead testing and mitigation in low income households. We possess the necessary state of the art testing equipment and certified staff. This is a social enterprise venture for the Building Performance Center as any earnings on our services go directly back into the Opportunity Council to provide other needed services within the community or to grow our ability to earn additional revenue given the reduction of funding at the federal and state levels” states Kathy Bastow, Business Manager for the BPC.
According to EPA legislation, as of April 2010, “Property owners who renovate, repair, or prepare surfaces for painting in pre-1978 rental housing or space rented by child-care facilities must, before beginning work, provide tenants with a copy of EPA’s lead hazard information pamphlet Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools (PDF) | en español (PDF) . Owners of these rental properties must document compliance with this requirement; EPA’s sample pre-renovation disclosure form (PDF) may be used for this purpose.
After April 22, 2010, property owners who perform these projects in pre-1978 rental housing or space rented by child-care facilities must be certified and must follow the lead-safe work practices required by EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. To become certified, property owners must submit an application for firm certification (PDF) (9 pp, 642K) and fee payment to EPA. EPA began processing applications on October 22, 2009. The Agency has up to 90 days after receiving a complete request for certification to approve or disapprove the application.”
To be in compliance with the EPA legislation “Property owners who perform renovation, repairs, and painting jobs in rental property should also:
- Take training to learn how to perform lead-safe work practices.
- Learn the lead laws that apply to you regarding certification and lead-safe work practices beginning April 22, 2010.
- Keep records to demonstrate that you and your workers have been trained in lead-safe work practices and that you follow lead-safe work practices on the job. To make record keeping easier, you may use the sample record keeping checklist (PDF) (1 pg, 83K) that EPA has developed to help contractors comply with the renovation record keeping requirements that took effect April 22, 2010.
- Read about how to comply with EPA’s rule in the EPA Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right (PDF) (32 pp, 5.5MB).