New Regulations Effect Work on Pre-1978 Houses

Did you know there is a new Environmental Protection Agency regulation regarding renovation and maintenance on housing subject to lead based paint disclosure? You should verify that workmen are licensed, insured, and comply with the requirements under the new regulation. It is critical to use reasonable care and due diligence when selecting contractors to avoid exposure to liability claims.

The EPA rule--effective April 22, 2010-- applies to renovators and maintenance professionals who work on structures built prior to 1978, where the work performed will disturb more than 6 square feet of interior painted surfaces or 20 square feet of exterior painted surfaces. Contractors must follow protective work practice standards including posting warning signs, restricting occupants from work areas, containing work areas to prevent dust and debris from spreading, conducting a thorough cleanup, and verifying that cleanup was effective.

To learn more about renovation visit EPA's renovation, repair and painting web page:

On the subject of paint, Old House Authority offers consultations with John Crosby Freeman--The Color Doctor--who is one of America's leading authorities on traditional paints and paint colors. The Color Doctor is available for email, phone and on-site consultations. Contact Old House Authority at (804) 648-1616 or for details.