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Now in April we start a hysterical attempt to control the damage, at an economic cost that may compound the problem. Knee-jerk attempts to rectify the problem quickly by encapsulating lead tainted debris in plastic will add cost and inconvenience and the people performing the work will be poorly trained and ill equipped to properly determine if they are actually keeping lead dust contained. In time we will discover good work practices concerning lead control but thatâ€™s likely a few years away.
I call my insurance agent, a dedicated contractor insurer, he knows nothing about the EPA lead stuff.
I go to a NARI Roundtable meeting, 10 smart and educated members are wondering what’s up and what will the impact of this rule be on their business.
As a member of NARI and NAHB I see both groups are jogging in place to help their members prepare, no one is sure what exactly will happen.
Plastic and more plastic will be needed, will we bag 2- 40 yard dumpsters with plaster and lath when doing a whole house remodel, can we sell this abatement to homeowners.
Look, I support getting poisons out of our homes, ignorance is no excuse, if it ain’t good for you it doesn’t belong in a living area, but wait a minute, I want to see the studies that lead control works, I want to see how much cost it can add to a project and I want properly trained enforcers and I want enforcement and consequences to people and companies who don’t follow the rules.
So what’s next, maybe this, NARI, NKBA, NAHB, and every building organization affected by this rule should start talking, form a committee and decide on a plan of action. The way things stand we have too many uncertainties starting in April 2010.
What I propose is that our entire industry communicate and work to a smart and concise practice for testing, assessment and resolution to working in homes that have lead. Right now we have a one size fits all approach that will be enforced by people who really won’t be ready to make this work.
You got a solution, lets hear about it.
Paul Lesieur/ Remodel Crazy
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