As I sit down to write my annual list of resolutions for contractors, I am amazed at how much things changed in 2020. Construction was going well and then, in March 2020, COVID-19 hit. At first, we thought it was going to be a disaster for the construction industry. States, cities and towns shut down projects and many applied for PPP loans. Then, something amazing happened. Construction was considered an essential service and everyone was back to work.  That said, the work world changed: companies were donating their PPE to frontline workers, COVID-19 protocols had to be followed and paperwork had to be filed. Everyone was scrambling to figure out how to comply and keep their businesses going. So, you may or may not ask, what was I, as a construction lawyer doing? I spent March and April thinking about the new risks contractors/construction companies were facing and developing contract clauses to protect the industry. I wrote a number of blog posts with clauses to add to your contra

Notification Rule If Dust Wipe Test is Performed-From the EPA

As of July 6, 2010, final rule requires that, if dust clearance is  performed in lieu of cleaning verification, the renovation firm provide  a copy of the dust wipe sampling report(s) to the owner of the building  that was renovated as well as to the occupants, if different. With  respect to renovations in common areas of target housing or in child- occupied facilities, EPA is also requiring that these records be made  available to the tenants of the affected housing units or the parents  and guardians of children under age 6 using the child-occupied  facilities. Dust sampling reports may be made available to these groups  in the same way as training and work practice records, by providing  information on how to review or obtain copies in individual  notifications or on posted signs.

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