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Region 1 EPA and OSHA to work together on RRP/OSHA enforcement

Posted by Mark Paskell on Tue, Feb 07, 2012 @ 12:39 PM

I learned today that Region 1 OSHA and Region 1 EPA (New England) have issued an EPA/OSHA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the RRP Lead Rule and other safety matters. This MOU (link below) has been signed by Region 1 OSHA and EPA officers. Essentially the two agencies will work together to ensure that EPA RRP Law  and OSHA safety standards are complied with on residential construction projects. Contractors may see both agencies riding together visiting job sites. 

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Tags: osha enforcement, rrp, epa

OSHA Contractor Training; Respiratory, Medical Monitoring, RRP Mass

Posted by Mark Paskell on Sun, May 22, 2011 @ 04:37 PM

OSHA respiratory training for Massachusetts RRP trained contractors. Seats are still available for 5/26/2011 for training in Marlborough Mass.

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Tags: repsiratory mass, rrp, osha

Homeowners call to see if contractors are RRP Licensed and Certified

Posted by Mark Paskell on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 @ 09:49 AM

Last week we received 6 calls from homeowners in Mass regarding contractors' RRP License and Certification. Five calls were women and one was a man. The callers asked a lot of questions about the Mass RRP License and then asked us to look up their certification. We referred them to the state lead license list so they could confirm the information officially. In addition we gave the number to call a DOS RRP official just in case they needed to talk to someone from the state.

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Tags: rrp, homeowners

Contractor Alert; College Works Painting Fined $32,508 by the EPA

Posted by Mark Paskell on Thu, Apr 07, 2011 @ 11:05 AM

Another contractor has been fined by the EPA for violating lead laws. The company is a painting contractor caught working in violation of the law in Hillsboro, Oregon.

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Tags: fines, rrp, epa

Web Based Tool To Verify Worker's Comp For MA Contractors

Posted by Mark Paskell on Wed, Apr 06, 2011 @ 05:58 AM

The Patrick and Murray administration from Massachusetts just announced a new program for Massachusetts citizens. The program is a free web based tool that will allow homeowners and businesses to verify workmen's compensation for Massachusetts contractors and other businesses. 

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Tags: compliance, rrp, osha

DOS to set sunset provision for contractors with incomplete apps

Posted by Mark Paskell on Sun, Mar 27, 2011 @ 09:40 PM

On 3/11/2011 I learned that the DOS is considering a sunset provision for contractors who sent in incomplete RRP lead applications. At the meeting Ernie Kelly from the DOS said; that even though there are 4000 Mass contractors who are Certified Firms on the EPA website, there are only 1000 in Mass. Contractors who Certified with the EPA before 7/9/2010 can apply for a license in Mass using the waiver form and not pay a fee. Yet only 1000 have done so.

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Tags: applications, rrp, dos

New OSHA Respirator Training Dates To Help Mass Contractors

Posted by Mark Paskell on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 @ 11:00 PM

Mass RRP trained contractors are holding back on applying for their Lead License. Last month I posted that there are over 4,000 EPA Certified Firms from Mass. Yet only 1000 firms have applied for their Mass license since 7/9/2011 when Mass took over. You would think that since the Mass license for firms certified before July is free that more would jump on board.

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Tags: rrp, osha, respirator

Homeowner Questions Contractors Legal Status, EPA and OSHA Certs

Posted by Mark Paskell on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 @ 03:43 PM

Not too long ago we predicted that homeowners would soon look more carefully into a contractors legal status and EPA RRP certification. One thing we didn't anticipate was a homeowner inquiring about a contractors compliance with OSHA requirements.

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Tags: lead standard, rrp, osha, mass

Homeowners face huge risks hiring illegal non compliant contractors

Posted by Mark Paskell on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 @ 04:36 PM

Homeowners, looking for the cheapest price are hiring illegal contractors at an alarming rate. Homeowners read and listen to the news and think that they can beat up any contractor to get a cheap price. Consumers are more inclined today to take a chance on the lowest price (which comes with the risk that the contractor is not playing by the rules) due to our current economic climate. They are willing to believe the cheap price will still get them a great job from desperate contractors. 

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Tags: rrp, osha, epa, homeowners

RRP OSHA Respirator Fit Test For Mass Contractors; Youtube Video

Posted by Mark Paskell on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 @ 09:43 PM

Yesterday, The Contractor Coaching Partnership and Safety Trainers, Inc. conducted a RRP/OSHA Respirator and Lead in Construction training for Massachusetts contractors. We developed this training to help Massachusetts RRP trained contractors prepare for the Mass Lead Safe Renovation Contractor application.

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Tags: rrp, osha, respirator, fit testing