James Poggi Construction Newsletter
James Poggi Newsletter
James Poggi Newsletter
In the state or Oregon the Construction Contractors Board requires a special license for contractors to bid or work on pre-1978 residential structures. This special license is given after special training classes and is subject to renewal every two years. Make sure your General Contractor and the Subcontractors have this special license. This certifies that they have taken the extra steps needed to learn and hopefully work in line with EPA sanctioned requirements.
EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 have their firm certified by EPA (or an EPA authorized state). Firms must use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices.
The following is a basic overview of the Federal and State requirements and guidelines in place for Contractors to work on older structures in the State of Oregon. With all the projects actively taking place in Portland and the surrounding markets, a general understanding of law and procedures may help your project move forward a bit smoother.
STEP 1: Determine if the job involves lead-based paint.
STEP 2: Test the home with proper/certified lead based test kits approved by the EPA or take samples to local testing facility.
STEP 3: Set Up Safely
Abatement Team for larger renovations.
You must protect workers and residents while working on a lead-based paint renovation project. The RRP rule requires the work area be protected by plastic sheeting that extends the minimum of 6 feet in all directions from the location where paint will be disturbed. The rule further requires protective plastic sheeting to extend far enough from the location of disturbance so all dust or debris generated will remain in that isolated area. Keep unauthorized persons and pets out of the work area by posting warning signs and setting up barriers.
Below is a list of materials we recommend using:
For Outside Jobs:
Close all windows and doors 20 feet of the work area. Cover the ground and plants with the heavy sheeting. Avoid working in high-wind conditions .
STEP 4: Protect Yourself
Workers should wear protective equipment to minimize inhaling and ingesting lead from the job. It also minimizes the risk of bringing lead from the worksite home to your family.
What to do:
STEP 5: Minimize the Dust
While working your goal is to keep down the dust.
Here are a list of lead-base paint protective equipment:
STEP 6: Work areas should be kept clean every day and the end of the job.
At then end of the day you should:
STEP 7: Control the Waste
Control waste on-site and when removing from site. Dispose of contaminated water appropr
What needs to be contained:
How to bag the waste: Bag and seal all waste before taking it out of work area.
Step 8: Verify Work Completion by Cleaning Verification Procedure or Clearance
EPA Post-Renovation CV Card
Cleaning verification procedure:
Clearance testing procedure:
Dust at or above the following limits are considered hazardous:
We use local laboratory services JSE LABS. They’re conveniently located in Milwaukie, Oregon.