Saturday, June 26, 2010

Massachusetts Takes Final Steps to Enact Its Own Deleading and Lead-Safe Renovation Law

It has finally happened! Massachusetts has taken the final steps to enact its own lead-based paint law for contractors who perform home renovation.  They will be moving to self-certify with the EPA to take over enforcement of the law shortly.  The MA law will take effect on July 9, 2010.  The goal is for MA to be authorized to enforce the  law on that date as well.  What does that mean for home improvement contractors?

I will be reading the final version of the law this weekend and will blog about it shortly.  My job is to understand the law and explain it to you, the public, in order to protect you.  More to come...

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Lead-Based Paint RRP Rule-Update-EPA Delays Fine

Word came from the Environmental Protection Agency that the EPA will not be enforcing the certification requirement until October 1, 2010.  What does this mean for contractors?  You still need to follow the lead-safe practices, hand out the Lead-Safe booklet, etc.  Contractors will have to be enrolled in a certified renovator class by September 30, 2010, and must have completed the training by December 31, 2010.

Here is the link to the memorandum:

This memorandum was sent in recognition of the fact that contractors have had difficulty finding open slots in the training classes.  That said, contractor still need to be familiar with the rule and continue to follow the correct procedures when disturbing lead paint in pre-1978 homes.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Seminar: How to Work As a Home Contractor and Stay Out of Trouble

 Seminar:  How To Work As A Home Contractor And Stay Out Of Trouble  
Thursday, June 24, 2010 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
305 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor, Newton, MA  
(inside the Citizens Bank building)
$15.00 per person

As a building industry professional, I am offering a seminar to inform contractors and construction companies about changes to the Renovation Repair & Painting Program Rule and how to stay in compliance with the Home Improvement Contractor Law.  The seminar will take place at my office at 305 Walnut Street in Newton on Thursday, June 24, 2010 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.
 I will discuss:
* What You Need To Know About Changes to the Lead Paint Law 
* Compliance with the  Home Improvement Contractor Law 
* How to Protect Your Company 

Please RSVP to to let me know if you will be attending.  Payment will be $15.00 at the door.
Andrea Goldman

Make Sure You are Protected.
I Can Help.
The new Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Rule went into effect on April 22, 2010.  The law is continuing to change.
Are you protected?  
Contractors need to protect themselves by adding clauses to their contracts with homeowners and maintaining good contracts with subcontractors.  
Contractor agreements for renovation projects must also comply with the State Home Improvement Contractor Law and include additional provisions that protect you and your company.
How I can help: 
I have developed contract clauses that take all applicable laws into account.  
* I will insert the Lead Paint provisions into your homeowner and subcontractor contracts, and review these contracts for compliance with state and federal law.
* I will make recommendations for improvements and additions to your contract and quote a flat fee for these updates. 
* I can also provide pricing for developing new home contractor/homeowner, general contractor/subcontractor and other construction contracts.
One Time Fee:  $495 (lead paint clauses only)
Email me today:  
Call me directly:   (617) 467-3072 

 About My Law Firm 
 The Law Office of Andrea Goldman represents clients in the following areas of practice: 
Construction Litigation 
Mechanic's Liens 
Representation of Construction Companies
Home Contractor/Homeowner Disputes
Business Disputes
Real Estate Conflicts
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Law Office Of Andrea Goldman 
(617) 467-3072
Newton, Massachusetts 02460
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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Seminar on the RRP Rule from the Lead and Environmental Hazards Association

LEHA is offering the following workshop on June 22 for $85.00.  Go to to register.  I will be there in the afternoon.  I am holding a seminar at my office on June 24 called , "How to Work as a Home Contractor and Stay Out of Trouble" that will cover the RRP Rule as well.H

Rule the Rule! Don't Let "it" Rule You!

A Series of One-Day Regional Workshops on the EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule for Local and State Public Agencies, Lead Industry Companies, RRP Training Organizations, Community Organizations and RRP Certified Contractors.

Sponsored by the Lead and Environmental Hazards Association (LEHA), the workshops will provide you with the opportunity to hear from experts in the lead poisoning prevention and hazard control fields; to network and share information with colleagues from throughout the region; to resolve operating problems; and, to clarify confusing elements of the Rule.
The EPA RRP Rule represents the most significant and far-reaching Federal lead regulation since HUD published the Lead-Safe Housing Rule over 10 years ago. How to properly implement the various components of the rule has created many issues and concerns among public agencies, community groups, contractors and property owners.

8am-9am

Program 9am-4pm

  • Learn about Best Practices!
  • Get Answers to Your Questions!
  • Examine Pending Changes to the Rule!

The Workshops

The six regionally-based workshops being presented this summer will bring clarity to the Rule, untangle differences between EPA and HUD work protocols and clearance requirements, and help with the proper implement and enforcement of the Rule.
The Workshops will examine the current status and pending changes to the rule, state adaptations of the rule, enforcement and capacity building strategies, liability and insurance issues, and compliance with the Rule’s work requirements and protocols.

Workshop Agenda (9am-4pm)
Update of the Rule
  • Q&A session on current status (EPA Officials Invited)
State Reports
  • How the states in the Region are handling the Rule
  • What are the differences between the federal rule and state adaptations
  • What reciprocity is there among the states in the Region
  • Q&A
Changes to the Rule (working lunch)
  • What changes are currently in effect
  • What changes are anticipated in the coming months and years
  • Q&A
Capacity Issues
  • What is the ratio in each state between trainers and contractors that need training
  • What more can be done to develop training capacities
  • Q&A
Strategies for Promoting and Enforcing the Rule
  • Best practices: What has been done to promote the rule to contractors and property owners
  • What is EPA doing to enforce the Rule
  • What can be done by state and local agencies and community organizations to enforce the Rule, including integration with permitting and code enforcement, and integration with existing contractor licensing programs
  • Q&A
Clarifying Technical Aspects of the Rule: An Open Q&A Session
  • Problem areas
  • Inconsistencies with State and Federal lead safe work practices
  • Liabilities and insurance Issues
Workshop Participants
Invited speakers include Regional EPA officials; state regulators; national and local lead poisoning prevention and lead hazard control organizations; lead inspection, risk assessment and remediation industry leaders; and, representatives from contracting companies, laboratories and training organizations.

Workshop Schedule and Locations

If you are making room reservations, be sure to mention that you are attending the “RRP Workshop” to receive the rates listed below.

8am-9am

Program 9am-4pm

Marlborough, MA
The Region 1 Workshop will be held on June 22, 2010 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Marlborough, MA. Room rates of $95 single/double are available up to June 7, 2010. Phone: 508.481.3000. The hotel is located at 265 Lakeside Avenue, Marlborough, MA 01752. Parking is complimentary.
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