New EPA Lead Paint Laws: How Do They Affect Homeowners?

From on April 02, 2010 in Remodeling News

epa lead paint regulationsIn a series of new lead paint laws intended to make remodeling projects more health- and environment-friendly, the EPA is striking its iron fist. Hard. Contractors, especially those employed by smaller companies, are dreading the regulations because of the sheer cost it will take to implement them. But how does it affect homeowners?

These laws, which will to go into effect on April 22nd, will only really change projects in homes built before 1978. In order to protect contractors and residents alike, workers will be required to undergo a training process about how to safely work with and dispose of lead paints. This extends all the way to window installation as well.

Unfortunately, with contractors forced to pay $500 to $600 dollars per worker for the class, the consumer will eventually have to foot the bill in the form of higher remodeling costs. This could cause homeowners to put projects off or try to do it themselves.

While it’s hard to determine exactly how much these regulations will change the remodeling game, it is safe to say the extra money is going to have to come from somewhere. The good part? Improved health in our homes, schools and office buildings.

Photo Credit: EPS