Posts Tagged ‘Lead RRP’

NORMI Approved by Georgia

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Abita Springs, July 5, 2011

NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors has been approved as a Lead RRP Training Provider for the State of Georgia. Since the enactment of the EPA RRP program, several States have joined the ranks of those already approved by the EPA to administer their program. Georgia was recently approved and has begun agressively informing the contractors of the new regulations.

“We were approved as a national training provider for the EPA Lead RRP program last summer,” announced Doug Hoffman, Principal Course Manager and CEO of NORMI. “To receive this kind of support and recognition from the individual States, like Georgia, is especially rewarding and clearly substantiates our position of one of the best training organizations in the country. This industry is all about credibility and we work hard to get that kind of credibility so our members will have a stronger place in the marketplace.”

The EPA Lead RRP program requires contractors to test for and, if necessary, remediate lead from pre-1978 homes. As contractors are trained and certified, the property owner becomes aware of a program that has been, for the most part, “under the radar”. The fines associated with non-compliance have become a major incentive causing contractors to seek credible training providers.

For more information on Lead RRP classes see www.BestTrainingSchool.com or contact NORMI at 877.251.2296

Window World to pay $40,000 for Lead-Based Paint Violations

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Window World of St. Louis Inc. has agreed to pay a $19,529 civil penalty to the United States to settle allegations that it failed to notify owners and occupants of at least 20 St. Louis-area residential properties built before 1978 of lead-based paint risks prior to performing renovation work at those locations.

The window replacement company, located in Maryland Heights, was legally required to provide owners and residents of the properties with a regulator-approved lead hazard information pamphlet before starting renovations at the properties, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday.

The regulation is intended to protect owners and occupants of residential properties, child-care facilities and schools built before 1978 from health risks associated with lead-based paint, EPA officials said.

As part of its settlement with EPA, and in addition to paying the $19,529 civil penalty, Window World of St. Louis also has agreed to spend an estimated $20,048 to replace a total of 73 old windows contaminated with lead paint at three group homes operated by the nonprofit social services organization Youth in Need. Those facilities are located at 1420 N. Third St., 516 Jefferson St. and 529 Jefferson St. in St. Charles, Mo.

Lead-based paint was banned for residential use in the United States in 1978. Most homes built before 1978 contain some amount of lead-based paint, and subsequent renovation activity of such properties can cause occupants to be exposed to dust, chips and debris that contain lead.

REPRINTED FROM: St. Louis Business Journal
Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 11:27am CDT – Last Modified: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 11:46am CDT

EPA Begins Enforcement of Lead RRP

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Abita Springs, LA–

Enforcement has begun on the EPA Lead RRP program. The fines are stiff, up to $37,500 per violation! So, read on and then answer the question, “Have you been trained?”

While agents may be quite busy with the leads provided by tips and anonymous calls, townships have begun to require the certification in order to obtain a permit, insurers are not renewing policies without it, and law firms are buying up web space in anticipation of many lead paint poisoning cases to pursue;things we are confident will not adversely impact our course graduates!

In speaking with EPA agents, the tone is one of common sense. No one is looking to levy a fine against contractors who are making a good faith effort to comply. One might paraphrase to say that agents aren’t going to come measure the poly on the floor, but there had better BE poly to protect the site or you will face a willful violation. The goal should be for contractors to keep their customers and crew safe and healthy. Agents we spoke to also stressed the importance of safety for the purpose of guarding against litigation. The EPA’s current posture is one of educating, not alienating. Agents seemed understanding of the rigors of compliance and eager to help with questions and issues.

Just this week we received a telephone call from a member who had taken our class but lost his certificate. The Federal Agent who visited him onsite was friendly enough but not very forgiving about the certificate. We got a panic call requesting a duplicate.

So, the EPA is in the marketplace checking to see if you’ve been trained. If you haven’t you may jeopardize the business you’ve built and the assets you’ve accumulated. Don’t delay, consider how you can get trained TODAY. There are many ways to get the training you need and NORMI, as an approved EPA training provider, recommends you visit www.BestTrainingSchool.com to check for a class in your area. It’s the only smart thing to do!

Lead RRP Class Scheduled for Pennsylvania

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Abita Springs, LA

The new EPA Regulations go into effect January 1, 2011 when all contractors, remodelers, inspectors or other professionals who work on pre-1978 homes must be trained and certified in lead inspection and removal. Non-compliance could result in a fine of up to $37,500 by the EPA.

In an effort to help expedite the training process, LaVerne Scheetz, Principal Course Instructor for the NORMI/EPA Lead RRP program has been scheduled for a class in Harleysville, PA on Friday, December 10, 2010. This class meets all the EPA regulations and offers a dual certification which includes the EPA and NORMI certification for Lead RRP.

“As an approved training provider”, said Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, “we have been moving across the country providing this training to construction professionals. Our intention is to continue teaching this program and the subsequent refresher courses so that no professional will be ‘caught’ in non-compliance. The public needs to know about this requirement and it looks like the EPA is relying on the trained professional to pass along the proper information.”

LaVerne Scheetz was certified by NORMI as a NORMI/EPA Lead RRP Principal Course Instructor in August of this year and has taught in Pennsylvania and Florida. Her credentials make her highly qualified to conduct this course and she makes the otherwise dull course interesting and relevant.

For more information on NORMI, please contact them at support@normi.org or call 877.251.2296