Monday, October 25, 2010
The Environmental Protection Agency has declared this week to be National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week to raise awareness of the effects of lead poisoning in young children. Lead causes serious health risks including brain/nervous system damage and hearing and vision impairment. Even a low level of exposure can have severe and lasting effects resulting in developmental problems such as learning disabilities and decreased intelligence. Remodeling contractors can do their part to reduce lead poisoning in children by adhering to the strict guidelines of the EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule. The rule requires contractors to minimize dust, contain the work area, and clean up thoroughly after the project is completed.
Builders Site Protection’s Lead Ready™ kit is the perfect solution to ensure RRP Rule compliance. The kits include the personal protection, area containment, and clean-up supplies necessary to prevent the spread of toxic lead dust throughout the home or childcare facility. The kit is available in a single-person or five-person plus package. For more information about the Lead Ready™ kits or to place an order, visit www.buildsitepro.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information for builders and contractors about how they can protect children from lead poisoning during remodeling projects, visit www.leadfreekids.org
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Beginning February 1, 2010 the EPA began enforcing new stormwater runoff standards for construction sites disturbing an acre of land or more. The new regulations are meant to ensure that precipitation does not cause erosion or wash construction materials, chemicals, and solvents into nearby waterways. Runoff from construction sites has negative effects on water quality and can heavily impact the health of aquatic ecosystems.
This is the first of a series of tightened stormwater pollution regulations. Starting August 1, 2011 the EPA will also require construction sites to sample stormwater discharges to gage pollutants in runoff and may also, depending on the outcome of ongoing legislation, require turbidity limits as well. Also going into effect on August 1, 2011 are requirements for construction companies disturbing 20 or more acres to meet a series of non-numeric effluent limitations. This means that builders will be required to: control erosion and sediment to minimize the discharge of pollutants; stabilize soil during clearing, grading, and other earth-disturbing activities; dewater trenches and excavations; minimize pollution from wastewater, pesticides, herbicides, and other harmful chemicals. Discharge of wastewater from the washout of concrete is prohibited.
The gals at Builders Site Protection keep up to date on the very latest developments that affect the construction industry – we are here to help builders and contractors meet EPA regulations and stay informed. We will continue to keep you posted as new developments arise!