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, the 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.
A lead-safe certified contractor is trained to analyze the surface of house built prior to 1978 and determine if there is lead in the paint used on that house. He is trained in the correct and safe procedures for removing lead-based paint or any other materials that contain lead. He knows how to seal off the area where work will be performed so that dust containing lead will not spread to other parts of the house or get into the air being breathed by people or pets. He is qualified to train his workers in these procedures.
Gilbert Rocha attended a lead-safe certification class 3 years ago and Rocha Construction is a lead-safe certified company.
If you have any questions or concerns about lead in your home, give Rocha Construction a call at
Rocha Construction - Lead-Safe Renovation, Repairs and Painting
Contractors Must Be Lead-Safe Certified!