Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Under the Lead Paint Rule, Certain Activities are Prohibited

Contractors should also be aware that there are activities which are absolutely prohibited. They are as follows:

The final rule prohibits or restricts the use of certain work practices during regulated renovations. These practices are open flame burning or torching of lead-based paint; the use of machines that remove lead-based paint through high speed operation such as sanding, grinding, power planing, needle gun, abrasive blasting, or sandblasting, unless such machines are used with HEPA exhaust control; and operating a heat gun above 1100 degrees Fahrenheit. These are essentially the same practices as are currently prohibited or restricted under the Lead-based Paint Activities Regulations, 40 CFR 745.227(e)(6), with the exception of dry hand scraping of lead-based paint. While this final rule and EPA’s Lead-Based Paint Activities Regulations do not prohibit or restrict the use of volatile paint strippers or other hazardous substances to remove paint, the use of these substances are prohibited for use in poorly ventilated areas by HUD’s Lead Safe Housing Rule and they are regulated by OSHA.