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Avoid the Hefty EPA Fines by Using Compliant Products & Procedures

Become EPA certified today!

By using compliant products and procedures, you can reduce your chance of being tacked with a fine from the EPA.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (EPA RRP) has been in full-force, by penalizing contractors that are not using the proper products and processes required for renovation work. With millions of homes across the country aging, renovation contractors are called on to do projects that require work with lead paint. As a section of the rule states, if a contractor works on any home built pre-1978, you must be trained, certified, and using lead-safe work practices. The fines for not complying with the guidelines can be as high as $37,500 per incident, per day. With this rule in place, many contractors have already contacted the leader in dust control solutions, Dustless Technologies, to get their hands on the full line of certified HEPA vacuums, tools and accessories to help them comply with the regulations when doing renovation, repair and painting.

Recently, 16 contracting companies coast-to-coast were levied a fine by the EPA for violating the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. These companies were fined for using non-compliant products, and not being approved to work with lead. Being non-compliant can cause harm to the environment as well as human health. Lead exposure can cause a spectrum of health issues effecting every organ and system in the body. For children, some of the long term health effects can include brain, nerve damage, and digestive issues. The EPA RRP rule is working to make sure all contractors and companies are following protocol on working with lead to prevent these types of health problems.

Dustless Technologies has a range of products from vacuums to point-of-origin dust collection accessories for grinding, painting, sawing, or sanding. Being a market leader in some of the technology of the products, Dustless Technologies continually strives to stay ahead of the needs of the market. One advantage to the full unit certified HEPA wet/dry vacuum is the Wunderbag™ micro pre-filter that extends the life of the internal HEPA filter. The outer micro pre-filter is an inexpensive, disposable filter that captures a vast majority of dust before it reaches the more expensive internal HEPA filter. With the external Wunderbag™ filter capturing 99% of the dust; it only leaves the tiny microscopic particles for the HEPA filter. This is a major cost savings for the HEPA filter since the external Wunderbag™ is filtering most of the dust first.

Contractors must go through proper training to become certified for working with lead, and use products that meet and exceed government standards. This way you can easily avoid all the fines from the EPA. For more information on training programs, and how to become certified, click here.

Renovate right with Dustless Technologies! For more information on the full report of the companies that have been fined by the EPA, click here. For more information on Dustless Technologies, click here.

You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide From Lead

You can run, but you can’t hide from lead! Massachusetts Attorney General Settles with Landlords.

As the saying goes, “you can run but you can’t hide’ is very true, especially when it comes to lead-based paints. According to reports from Legalnewsline.com, the Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced settlements on Friday with multiple landlords to resolve allegations that they refused to rent to families with children.

Celina Puszko, Alojzy Jackiewicz, Gregory Howell and Scott Michels allegedly refused to rent to families with children to avoid obligations to remove lead paint hazards. It is illegal under Massachusetts state law to discriminate against housing applicants because they have children or because the rental would force the landlord to remove lead hazards.

“The commonwealth’s lead paint law protects children from the damaging effects of lead, which include impaired development, learning difficulties, and behavior problems,” Coakley said. “By enforcing this law our office works to ensure that families with children are able to find lead-safe housing within the commonwealth.”

To review the full disclosure of the case, visit the Legal News Line website here.

Dustless Technologies manufactures several products that work well for protecting workers from lead exposure. When the EPA RRP guidelines went into affect, Dustless was already prepared with products to make the job safe. Whether you are grinding, sawing, painting or sanding, we have an array of tools, accessories and vacuums to make the job clean, easy, fast and safe. For more information on Dustless Technologies line of products, click here.

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WAKE-UP CALL: Rental Property Owner Sent to Prison

WAKE-UP CALL: Improper Lead Paint Abatement Sends Recent Rental Property Owner to Prison

The EPA has begun taking serious measures towards those not following EPA RRP guidelines. A Baltimore, MD based rental property owner ignored the guidelines and is now facing prison time.

According to the report, C. Murrell owned and managed approximately 175 rental housing units throughout Baltimore area, all built pre-1978. He knew of lead presence in the rental units and chose to not disclose to the tenants that there was a presence of lead.

Lead paint removal with Dustless products“C. Murrell placed Baltimore children at risk of permanent injuries by violating federal law and ignoring repeated orders to comply with lead paint regulations,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “It is unacceptable in 2012 for pregnant women and children to be exposed to lead paint in violation of the law.”

The local newspaper, The Baltimore Sun, reported that “The judge said he trimmed Murrell’s prison sentence in recognition of his age and the testimonials about his good deeds. But Legg said prison time was warranted in light of the seriousness of lead poisoning and as a deterrent to other non-compliant landlords. The judge also ordered Murrell to get out of the rental housing business “in an orderly fashion.”

According to the EPA official from the report, “Americans need accurate and truthful information in order to make informed decisions about where they will live,” said David G. McLeod Jr., special agent in charge of EPA’s criminal enforcement program in Maryland.

Lead can adversely affect people in many different ways, causing life changing illnesses and even death. If not dealt with properly, homeowners, children, contractors, and even the neighbors can be affected by lead dust during a renovation project.

Lead dust is a serious concern during construction renovation projects. Since the passage of EPA RRP regulations in 2010, renovation contractors have to get certified to perform work on homes built prior to 1978, and use approved methods and equipment. Fines for non-compliance can be as high as $37,500, and now jail time looms for those who choose to ignore the law.

For more information about dust collection systems that meet EPA RRP guidelines, or to read additional articles on lead, click here.

To view the full court ordered judgment from the Baltimore city US attorney for Mr. C. Murrell, click here.

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Dustless Technologies Spreads Awareness Lead Poisoning

Dustless Technologies is spreading awareness and prevention of lead poisoning with proper EPA RRP certified products.

Dustless Technologies, an innovative dust control solutions manufacturing company located in Price, Utah, is working to help spread awareness and prevent lead poisoning. Dustless Technologies believes education regarding lead poisoning is important. Contractors and renovators should try to use only certified tools. The Utah-based company currently manufactures a HEPA full unit certified vacuum. In conjunction with the HEPA vacuum, Dustless Technologies has several shroud accessories that meet the EPA RRP regulation while undergoing remodeling or construction on homes built pre-1978.

Lead is very dangerous and can be life threatening. Only EPA RRP certified tools, like the Dustless Technologies HEPA Vacuum, can keep you from lead contamination.

According to reports, more than 80,000,000 homes were built and painted before the 1978 ban. With this staggering statistic, it is vital everyone becomes aware of one of the most epidemic environmental hazards. Lead dust is currently the most common way children are exposed to lead. The remodeling and renovating industry, which includes the EPA’s RRP (Renovation, Repair and Painting) rule, has very stringent standards on contractors and manufacturers of products that work with lead.

The big advantage of the Dustless Technologies HEPA full unit certified vacuum is the Wunderbag™ Micro Pre-Filter which extends the life of the internal HEPA filter. The outer micro pre-filter is an inexpensive, disposable filter that captures a vast majority of dust before it reaches the more expensive internal HEPA filter. With the external Wunderbag filter capturing 99% of the dust, it only leaves the tiny microscopic particles for the HEPA filter to capture. This is a major cost savings for the HEPA filter since the external Wunderbag is initially filtering most of the dust.

Dustless Technologies also offers several different point-of-origin dust collection tools to comply with EPA RRP regulations covering lead paint removal. Any renovation contractor working with lead paint is required to use point-of-origin tools along with a HEPA certified vacuum. Dustless Technologies offers several point-of-origin dust shrouds and accessories to complement the HEPA full unit certified vacuum for lead paint removal.

Lead affects every organ and system in the body. For children, some of the long term health effects include: brain/nerve damage, stunted growth, kidney/liver damage and digestive issues. There are many ways that lead exposure can be prevented altogether including education and the use of proper certified tools. For more information on HEPA, EPA RRP dust control solutions, visit our web site.

DustBubble Debuts At NAHB IBS Show

Discover a new way to capture dust with the new DustBubble

DustBubble 3 Pack

Contractors were introduced to a new way to capture dust when using a hand drill – the DustBubble™, from Dustless Technologies. The DustBubble is a disposable round plastic pouch that adheres to the surface being drilled. As the drilling is done, the pouch fills with shavings and dust. When done, simply peel it away and dispose of it. Stick it. Drill it. Toss it. It is that easy to use.

The DustBubble comes in three specifications: one for wallpaper/painted surfaces, one for wood and unpainted surfaces, and one for metal. The chief difference is in the strength of the adhesive.

DustBubbles come in a packages of three, bulk packs of 50, and countertop merchandising displays, which contain 35 three-packs.

Painting and renovation contractors looking for ways to comply with EPA RRP guidelines, like how the DustBubble captures dust and drill shavings at the point-of-origin and contains them inside its small plastic pouch.

Contractors and handymen who are looking for a quick way to drills holes without making a mess, like how the DustBubble prevents carpet, furniture and drapes from getting covered in dust.

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EPA Lead Paint Regulations – Verification Procedure Exercise

Cleaning and the Cleaning Verification Procedure Training*

garbage bagPrepare this exercise in advance:

Have appropriate tools and supplies ready. Necessary tools and supplies include buckets, mops, water, detergent, a HEPA vacuum, wipes, plastic sheeting, plastic bags, tape, disposable cleaning cloths and cleaning verification cards.

  • You will need access to water.
  • Sprinkle each work area with corn starch or baby powder to simulate dust.
  • Vary the color and type of work area surfaces if possible.

When conducting the exercise:

  • Instruct participants to stay in their groups.
  • Circulate while they work to ensure they are doing the work properly.
  • Coach them as necessary to correct any incorrect behaviors.
  • Give them a 5-minute warning.
  • When the time for each skill set is up, tell them to stop. Keep to the schedule.

Note: In some training facilities, such as hotels, you may not have access to water in the training room. In such cases, instruct participants to walk through the process – practicing the order of the steps: HEPA vacuum, two bucket wash, cleaning from high to low, etc. As a demonstration of how hard it is to clean up dust, consider sprinkling corn starch or baby powder on a tabletop and experimenting with different methods for cleaning it up – broom and dust pan, HEPA vacuum, wet wipe, etc.

*These procedures were taken from a certified instructor’s resource manual. Contact Dustless Technologies with questions.

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EPA Lead Paint Regulations – Disposal Training

Keeping the job site clean of dust and debris training exercise

Have bags and tape ready for the demonstration, if you choose to perform it, and for the required hands-on activity.

  • Waste should be stored in a secure area to prevent children from getting into it and being exposed to leaded dust.
  • Discuss methods to handle waste water.
  • Waste water produced during the job from mopping, wet cleaning, or misting should not be poured down the sink or tub (because it will contaminate the sink or tub), into the yard or down a storm drain.
  • Before disposal, waste water may need to be filtered through a filter capable of filtering out particles 5 microns or larger, depending on state and local wastewater regulations.
  • If local regulations allow, waste water may be poured down the toilet. If local regulations do not allow this, you may be required to contain and test the water, and contact a waste disposal company to assist you with disposal. Your local water authority can assist you with this decision.
  • Always be aware of Federal, state and local regulations regarding waste water disposal.
  • All waste should be handled carefully and sealed in heavy duty plastic bags.
  • Do not overfill the bags. Renovation debris is heavy, and, if overfilled, will split the bags and could injure workers.
  • Certified Firms must be aware of all components of the waste produced at the job site and of the proper method of disposal. Again, always be aware of Federal, state and local waste disposal regulations.

Disposal – Federal, State and Local Information

  • Waste disposal is regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and various associated state and local laws and regulations.
  • Some waste generated from lead work may meet the definition of “hazardous waste” because it is toxic, corrosive, ignitable or explosive. Therefore, it is important for contractors to segregate waste into categories that are likely to be hazardous and non-hazardous. Examples of hazardous waste may include paint chips, vacuum debris, sludge or chemical waste from stripper, and HEPA filters.
  • Generators of less than 220 pounds of waste per job site per month are exempt from Federal waste disposal regulations and most state regulations.
  • Many states have more stringent regulations than Federal requirements. It is, therefore, important for contractors to understand their obligations under these laws and regulations.
  • You should always be aware of how much waste you are generating per job site per month.
  • EPA’s website has links to state information on solid and hazardous waste disposal at https://www.epa.gov/hwgenerators/links-hazardous-waste-programs-and-us-state-environmental-agencies.

In a memorandum to RCRA Senior Policy Advisors and EPA Regions 1-10, dated July 31, 2000, EPA’s Office of Solid Waste stated that lead-based paint waste from households may be disposed of as household garbage subject to applicable state regulations. For more information, see Appendix 8 and the EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/fslbp.htm. Although EPA considers lead-based paint waste commonly generated during residential renovation and painting to be household waste, some states have not yet adopted this interpretation. Until states do adopt EPA’s interpretation, they may continue to regulate lead-based paint waste as potentially hazardous if generated in large enough quantities.

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EPA Lead Paint Regulations – Dust Clearance Examination

Dust clean up training

Home buildingDiscuss the following instances, where a dust clearance examination (40 CFR 745.227(e)(8)) may be required or requested instead of the cleaning verification procedure:

  • HUD requires a dust clearance examination after certain kinds of jobs in target housing receiving Federal housing assistance. Ask if the property receives Federal assistance. If so, ask if a clearance examination is required.
  • In some states, a clearance examination conducted by a certified or trained person may be required by law. You should be aware of laws regarding clearance examinations and renovation work in your state and locality.
  • In some instances, the owner may request that dust wipe samples be taken to locate lead hazards and to ensure cleaning has been effective. If you follow the cleaning techniques described earlier, you should pass be able to pass clearance testing.
  • Emphasize that once you begin a clearance examination, if the clearance fails you must continue the cycle of re-cleaning, visual inspection, and dust wipe testing until the dust wipe results comply with the clearance standards governing the work.

Exterior Cleanup Requirements

  • The main point of cleaning after an exterior renovation job is not to let dust spread beyond the work area. The focus is to be specifically on the areas accessible to children. This includes bare soil, play areas, exterior porches and exterior window sills.
  • Always visually inspect beyond the work area. Collect and dispose of all paint chips, dust and debris found.

Exterior – Check the Effectiveness of Cleaning

  • Discuss why a visual inspection for checking the cleaning is necessary.
  • The visual inspection checks for visible dust and debris and includes all parts of the work area, areas not covered by the protective sheeting, and areas 2 feet outside the containment.

 

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EPA Lead Paint Regulations – Interior Cleaning Requirements

Prevent accidental spreading of lead-contaminated paint chips and debris with these requirements.

Dustless Technologies HEPA Wet/Dry VacuumWhy should you pick up paint chips and other debris before picking up the protective sheeting? Why should you mist down and wet wipe the protective sheeting before picking it up? Answer to both questions: To prevent accidental spreading of lead-contaminated paint chips and dust off of the protective sheeting.

  • After the first visual inspection of the work area, cleaning, folding and disposing of the protective sheeting is the next step. Clean your protective sheeting with a HEPA vacuum and wet wipe if necessary. Once cleaned, fold (dirty side in) and seal the sheeting and dispose with the rest of your waste. When you pick up and fold the protective sheeting (dirty side in), be careful not to spread any dust that may remain on the sheeting.
  • This process is followed by HEPA vacuuming and wet mopping to clean up any dust that escaped the protective sheeting.
  • Note that the sheeting covering the entry to the work area should stay in place until after the cleaning and removal of other sheeting.
  • Workers must always clean at least 2 feet beyond the work area.
  • Cleaning from high to low is more efficient and effective because any dust or debris dislodged will fall down to the floor. Just as one would clean steps working from the top down, cleaning a work area should proceed from high to low to “push” all dust not collected down to the floor, which should be cleaned last.
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EPA Lead Paint Regulations – Webinar Info

EPA Lead Paint Regulations
Certified Renovator
Instructor’s Notes

HEPA Wet/Dry VacuumKey message: Cleanup right. Use wet mops and HEPA vacuums. Traditional methods don’t do the job.

Cleaning Activities and Checking Your Work

This module focuses on how to clean the work area in order to pass both a visual check and either a verification check or clearance. A visual check means that an area has been cleaned to the point that no dust, debris or paint chips can be seen with the naked eye. The verification check involves comparing a disposable cleaning cloth used following cleaning to a standard verification card to determine cleanliness. Clearance involves taking dust samples and having them analyzed and compared with applicable dust standards to determine if the area is adequately clean.

Effective cleaning includes using specific techniques and following the proper order when cleaning. In this section, participants will learn:

  • How to conduct an effective cleaning;
  • The tools to always keep in your truck and at the work site;
  • Effective techniques to clean up after both interior and exterior jobs;
  • Safe disposal methods; and,
  • How to check your work.

What is Effective Cleanup?

Just as you approach a job by planning the work to effectively contain dust and debris, you must approach cleaning by first having effective containment, then carefully following specific procedures to best clean the work area. The techniques outlined in this section should make your cleanup faster, more efficient, and more effective.

Remember:

  • Always conduct a visual check of the work area to make sure all work is complete.
  • Proper waste disposal and checking your work are essential to the process of cleaning.
  • The most effective cleaning will follow this sequence:
  1. Pick up all visible paint chips and debris.
  2. Clean and dispose of protective sheeting.
  3. For interior renovations: Walls – slowly HEPA vacuum or wipe with a damp cloth, working from high to low.
  4. For interior renovations: Other surfaces – thoroughly HEPA vacuum all surfaces including furniture and fixtures. Wipe any remaining surfaces with a damp cloth. The HEPA vacuum must have a beater bar for use on carpeting.
  5. Mop uncarpeted floors using the two-bucket mopping method.
  6. Visually inspect your work.
  7. Bag all waste in heavy-duty plastic bags, “gooseneck” seal, and dispose of them according to Federal, state and local regulations.
  8. Perform cleaning verification on windowsills, countertops and uncarpeted floors.
  9. Remove warning signs.
  • Demonstrate how to “gooseneck seal” a heavy duty plastic bag and note that this will be covered again in the disposal section.
  • Discuss why this cleanup sequence should work well.
  • Picking up all visible debris and paint chips prepares a work area prior to the first HEPA vacuuming.
  • Clean and dispose of protective sheeting. This step should come before HEPA vacuuming in order to collect any dust that may escape from the protective sheeting.
  • HEPA vacuum the area from high to low. This first HEPA vacuuming will collect dust and debris not visible to the naked eye.
  • Wet cleaning and mopping the area will further dislodge any lead-contaminated dust or debris not collected by the first HEPA vacuum. Wet cleaning also gets dust and debris that is “stuck” to surfaces.
  • If necessary, a final pass with the HEPA vacuum or wet cleaning cloth will capture any remaining dust or debris left after the wet cleaning.
  • The last step should be to check your work to make sure that visual check inspection can be passed, and all waste is bagged, sealed and disposed of in accordance with Federal, state and local laws.

A dust clearance examination may be required by Federal, state, tribal or local law, or it may be requested by the homeowner. If so, the clearance examination will replace the cleaning verification process. Clearance is required by HUD in many homes receiving Federal housing assistance.

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