Thursday, May 20, 2010

UPDATE: EPA Poised to Address Lead in Commercial Buildings

BOMA San Francisco Members:

At the BOMA San Francisco Codes & Regulations Committee meeting on March 24, 2010, the committee members discussed new rules for residential contractors to help prevent lead exposure.  The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) may impose similar requirements on commercial contractors as well.  Click here to read the EPA's  U.S. brochure on this issue and review the information below:

New Rules for Contractors

Beginning April 2010 contractors performing work that disturbs lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must:
  • Be EPA certified, and
  • Follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. 
    • To comply with the new regulation, those working on older sites will need to invest in lead-testing kits, plastic sheeting, respirators, protective clothing and other lead-safety materials. 
  • To learn more about how you can meet these requirements contact the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424LEAD (5323) or visit

UPDATE! -  As of May 20, 2010

On May 6, 2010 the EPA issued advance notice of its intention to regulate the renovation, repair and painting of public and commercial buildings under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). BOMA members have until July 6 to submit comments. The EPA will then likely propose lead-safe work practices and other requirements for renovations on the exteriors of public and commercial buildings, and determine whether lead-based paint hazards are created by interior renovation, repair and painting projects in public and commercial buildings.  BOMA is joining forces with other real estate associations to submit comments to EPA in opposition of any new requirements.

Please forward any comments you have about this issue to Ken Cleaveland at and John Bozeman at

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