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Lead Testing Laboratory

Category Press Release
Publish Date 11/22/2016
Author Paul Cochrane
Title California Home Improvement Company Ordered to Pay Civil Penalty for Failure to Comply with the RRP Rule
Introduction LA Testing provides laboratory services to help companies identify lead and other hazardous materials to comply with health and safety regulations.

Huntington Beach, CA, November 22, 2016  

Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that a home improvements company in Anaheim was ordered to pay over $58,000 for failure to comply with the Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP). The settlement required the company to pay the civil penalty due to renovation activities that took place in several cities in California.

The RRP Rule requires that firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 require their firm to be certified by the EPA (or an EPA authorized state), use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices.

Numerous homes and buildings constructed or renovated before 1960 contain heavily leaded paint. Some built as recently as 1978 can also contain lead-based paint. These paints can be on the interior or exterior of structures. Exposure to lead can occur when lead-based paints deteriorate or if they are improperly removed from surfaces during renovation, remodeling or demolition activities.

“It is well known that lead exposure impacts the nervous system and can cause a range of health effects from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “The RRP Rule is meant to prevent hazardous lead exposure for workers, building occupants and families. At LA Testing, we provide quick and affordable lead testing solutions to identify this toxic metal, prevent needless exposures and to help companies avoid costly noncompliance fines and penalties.”

LA Testing has sponsored an educational video about lead hazards during home renovations and remodeling projects that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/4KwNujqAL9A.

To learn more about lead testing or other indoor air quality, occupational, health and safety issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. For access to a Lead-in-Paint & Dust Test Kit, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.

About LA Testing

LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, NVLAP, CDC ELITE, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including Huntington Beach, San Diego, San Leandro and South Pasadena.