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EPA Fines Violators of the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule

Enforcement of the EPA RRP Lead Renovator Rule Begins: Starting this construction season, contractors working on homes built before 1978 have a new worry:  EPA has started to close down on unsafe lead paint practices. Just today, April 5, 2012, EPA has announced three enforcement actions for violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP) and other lead rules.  The three companies and their non-compliance issues: On March …Read More

Lead Paint, OSHA, and kids – A Lesson in Toxic Transfer

I do a lot of training for the recently – new EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule, also known as the EPA Lead Renovator Rule.  Those persons who attend and pass the practical and written exams become Certified Lead Renovators, which means that they are in the know when it comes to controlling hazards, such as toxic transfer, associated with lead dust created by renovations done in a building …Read More

Electrical Hazards Revisited – Things you can’t do with a garden hose.

As I have mentioned in a previous post about Electrical Hazards, I am very cautious around electricity, and have this uncanny sense of self-preservation when it comes to electrical hazards.   Although this true account did not happen when I was working as a compliance officer for Vermont OSHA, it did happen.  The site that experienced these hazards has since improved dramatically, and would not tolerate such an infraction today. …Read More

Emergency Response – Dialing “0” for the operator can be a safety hazard

I arrived on site at a small mill, in March of a cold year.  I was responding to a VOSHA complaint with regard to maintenance practices and hot work.  It seems that some welders were asked to work on metal parts without a fire watcher, and wooden debris in the mill had caught fire.  After the opening conference with management and a union representative, I walked the floor to observe …Read More