Lead Safe Certified Firm

Does your home contain potentially harmful lead paint?

If your home was built prior to 1978, it could contain lead paint. Starting April 2010, the Renovation, Repair and Replace (RRP) law as set forth by the EPA took effect. This rule states that any professional working on a pre-1978 home that contains lead paint will be required to follow lead safe work practices, in instances where the paint will be disturbed.

In order to comply with this new law, Portland Glass® has been certified by the EPA as a Lead Safe Certified Renovator. This means that Portland Glass® follows federal work safe lead guidelines including lead testing, containing the work area and thorough cleanup.

Selecting a company that is an EPA Certified Renovator ensures that you are choosing a company who is not only in compliance with federal law, but also is able to work with any lead paint in your home in a safe and responsible manner. Portland Glass® has locations throughout Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

For more information on lead paint, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/lead/


What is the purpose of the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule?

The purpose of the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule is to minimize exposure from lead-based paint dust during renovation, repair, or painting activities. This is a key effort in reducing the prevalence of childhood lead poisoning, particularly lead poisoning caused by housing contaminated by renovation activities. This will also minimize exposure to older children and adults who are also adversely impacted by lead-based paint dust exposure.  Lead paint was used in more than 38 million homes prior to its ban for residential use in 1978. This paint can form toxic dust when it is disturbed during normal home repair work. The EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program is designed to reduce lead contamination by training contractors in relatively simple lead-safe work practices, and certifying contractors to make sure that they follow lead-safe work practices. We also want consumers to choose firms that are certified. Given that lead poisoning can cause a wide range of physical, intellectual, emotional, and behavioral issues with societal and financial impacts, this program is prevention-based, cost-effective, and a long-term bargain.

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