EPA Asking Commercial Contractors to Participate in Lead-Based Paint Survey
Dec. 20, 2016
By Chuck White, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it is sending letters to randomly selected firms asking them to participate in a survey to assess whether renovation, repair and painting activities create lead-based hazards. It is highly likely that plumbing and HVAC contractors who conduct this type of work could be selected to participate in this voluntary survey, which can be conducted online or by phone.
Through this research process, the EPA is trying to understand the current practices in commercial and public buildings, which in turn may help the Agency formulate new policy. It is up to the contractor to decide whether or not to participate in the random voluntary survey. The EPA has pledged to make follow-up calls if substantial responses are not received.
The EPA has been working to expand the residential lead paint rules to commercial and public buildings for several years, a process slowed by litigation requiring the EPA to demonstrate the hazard in this additional class of buildings. As of now, the EPA has not issued any supporting information indicating a hazard exists.
A copy of the official notice can be read here, if you have any questions about this process or have questions about a survey request you have received, please contact PHCC by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.