Handyman Matters of Wichita is Taking Proper Steps for EPA & Kansas State Lead-Based Paint Regulations
Was your home built before 1978? Then your home is likely to have lead paint hazards and you will want to read more below about how this may impact your home projects.
In an effort to educate the local community, Handyman Matters of Wichita is complying with the lead-based paint regulations and letting consumers know what to expect.
Beginning in April 2010, the EPA and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) required contractors to take additional actions when performing remodel work on homes built before 1978.
These additional precautions will protect you and your family from the risks associated with lead poisoning from lead based paint. Ingested lead from dust or chips can damage the brain and central nervous system. This can cause decreased intelligence, reading and learning difficulties, behavioral problems or hyper activity.
To comply with the proposed state regulations, every contractor working on a home built before 1978 must:
- have every employee on the project complete training to be a Certified Renovator.
- take specific actions in the work area to prevent contamination to other areas of the home.
- post signs to keep residents from entering the work area during the project.
- document protection procedures followed before, during, and after photographs; maintained for a minimum of three years
These additional requirements will add additional time and material costs for lead-based paint projects. The additional costs (as determined by the state of Kansas) to work on a home built before 1978 will average around $350.
Handyman Matters wants to keep you safe from lead contamination. Handyman Matters is a Certified Renovation firm (license # KS10-1240), and also has Certified Renovators on staff.
Be sure the contractor you choose is certified for Lead Safe Work Practices in Kansas! This will assure you and your family’s safety.
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