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EPA Rules on Contractors Making Renovations

On April 22, 2010, new rules went into effect for contractors who make renovations on properties where there are children less than 6 years of age or a pregnant woman. Although lead was banned as an ingredient in paint in 1978, in older properties there still is a potential for a substantial amount of lead on surfaces. The contractors will have to use plastic sheeting to seal off the rooms that are being worked and work areas will have to be cleaned with HEPA-equipped vacuum cleaners. The cleanup will require wiping down walls, surfaces, and floors using multiple buckets of cleaning fluid and electrostatic dusters. Warning signs will have to be posted outside the work area. The contractor will have to take a 1-day certification class.

Integrated Pest Management

Integrated pest management helps reduce pest infestations and the use of insecticides in homes. It includes: use of sticky traps, bait stations and gels; repairing leaks and holes; and proper cleaning of the premises. This is an effective way to reduce pest infestation including roach infestation, without the use of very toxic chemical pesticides. The level of chemicals found in indoor air samples and maternal cord blood will decrease significantly.

 
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