Building Contractors be on the Lookout

Building Contractors be on the Lookout: EPA Lead Paint Survey Efforts Underway

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is about to embark on a widespread effort to collect data on whether or not renovation, repair and painting (RRP) activities in buildings expose the public to lead-based paint (LBP) dust. In the near term, AGC building contractors may be asked to fill out a survey regarding their firm’s recent RRP activities in public- and private-sector commercial buildings. If EPA determines that such activities create LBP “hazards,” the agency will write additional rules that will apply to building contractors.

Here’s what AGC wants general contracting firms to know.

  • First and foremost: The survey is completely voluntary.
  • If a company does decide to participate in the survey, EPA may use the company’s answers to estimate the resulting exposures to LBP dust.
  • Finally, it is important that anyone responding to EPA’s survey is familiar with OSHA’s Lead Standard for the Construction Industry.

Since May 2010 when EPA published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, AGC has actively participated in EPA’s process to consider new lead paint rules for renovations in public and commercial buildings. The Association has worked closely with a “Commercial Properties Coalition” to submit lengthy comment letters, testified at a public hearing, participated in preliminary “small business regulatory review” proceedings, and met with EPA staff to discuss builders’ concerns. AGC maintains OSHA’s rules are adequate measures to control lead exposures in public and commercial buildings with lead-based paint.