PHCC and Lead Paint Coalition Developing Strategies to Respond to Commercial, Public Building Expansion Movement
In response to the latest EPA movement to expand lead in paint regulations to commercial and public buildings, on Dec. 16 PHCC—National Association participated in an important Lead Paint Coalition meeting to begin to examine and discuss strategies.
Last week, EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics initiated a proceeding to investigate whether and what type of regulatory action might be needed to control exposures to lead resulting from renovation, repair and painting activities in public and commercial buildings. In a Federal Register Notice, the EPA announced its intention to collect information from construction contractors, property managers, and building occupants.
The survey will identify information like: any building and activity patterns that may affect exposures to lead dust from renovation, repair and painting activities in public and commercial buildings; the number of firms that perform such work; and the type of various work practices that are used to help with the containment and cleanup of lead dust. The data will be reviewed to assess the need for and scope of regulatory or other actions to protect against potential risks.
PHCC, along with the coalition will submit comments to EPA’s proposed request, which is due in early February. PHCC National participated in an EPA public hearing on this issue in June, 2013 to help lay the groundwork for PHCC’s input into the new rule.