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Lead-Based Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule Workshop to be held in Birmingham, Alabama

Release Date: 08/18/2011
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

(ATLANTA – August 18, 2011) - Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the Jefferson County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, and the Alabama Department of Health Lead Poisoning Prevention Office will conduct a Compliance Assistance Workshop on the Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule (RRP) in Birmingham, Alabama on August 24, 2011. The workshop will include discussions on the Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Rule, as well as RRP, its training components, and the importance of lead safe work practices.

WHO: EPA, Jefferson County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, and the Alabama Department of Health Lead Poisoning Prevention Office

WHAT: Compliance Assistance Workshop on the Lead-Based Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule

WHEN: August 24, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Botanical Gardens

2612 Lane Park Road
Birmingham, AL 35223

Because lead-based paint in homes and child occupied facilities built prior to 1978 is the primary cause of childhood lead poisoning, the lead safe RRP rule places new requirements on property management companies, landlords, contractors, renovators and painters for lead safe work practices to reduce the lead exposure of children.

Landlords, Property Managers, and their employees are responsible for ensuring compliance with the rule and play an important role in protecting public health by helping prevent lead exposure from their units. All contractors had to be trained and certified by April 2010. Finding an accredited course is easy; please go to EPA’s website, which lists several accredited trainers at: http://epa.gov/lead/pubs/trainingproviders.htm.

If you have questions about the RRP rule or the certification process, you can visit EPA’s web site at www.epa.gov/lead or call the National Lead Information Center (NLIC) at 1-800-424-LEAD [5323].

To register for the workshop, please contact the Lonnie Pressley at (205)930-1248 or Lonnie.Pressley@jcdh.org