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Lead-Based Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule Workshop to be held in Jacksonville, FL

Release Date: 10/22/2010
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

(ATLANTA – October 22, 2010) - Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the Duval County Health Department’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, and Florida State College will conduct a Compliance Assistance Workshop on the new Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule (RRP) in Jacksonville, Florida on October 27, 2010. 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, Duval County Health Department’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, and Florida State College

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

WHEN: October 27, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Florida State College (downtown campus)

      Building A, room 1068
      101 W Street
      Jacksonville, Florida 32202.
    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 Sarah Ashbrook 904-633-5976 or sashbroo@fscj.edu or Pamela Scherer 904-633-5933 or pscherer@fscj.edu.