RRP Training for Contractors, Subs, and Landlords in 2011
We hope you all had a great holiday season. Now its time to get back to business. In 2010 we provided training for over 3700 contractors. Honestly, it blew my mind when I added up all the trainings and people we met. From January to June we trained 3000, from July to December, a little over 700. Thanks to the EPA extension and enforcement delay in June.
Well now the extension is over, the holidays have passed and there are no more excuses not to get RRP trained. The question is will the 85% or so non-complaint contractors get on board? Will landlords sign up? Will enforcement pick up?
The EPA"s Secret Enforcement Weapon; Documentation
No one knows for sure. But there is on thing that is certain. The EPA can retroactively enforce this law through documentation. The law states that contractors must document their lead practices used on jobs and keep records for 3 years (10 years in Mass). So a job done in January 2011 can be audited in January 2013 after the election. No records, you are subject to fines.
Some say the will take the risk. Some won't. Wonder what will happen if the EPA needs money, will they seek it through enforcing RRP? I am not sure it is worth the risk? You?
Anyhow, time to get back to work. Our first RRP trainings for 2011 have been posted. We will continue to offer RRP Workshops for those seeking more training and we have produced OSHA programs to help contractors with The OSHA Lead Standard, Respirators and Safety Programs.