Uninformed and Nervous Neighbors Will Keep RRP Renovators On Their Toes
Awareness about lead and the potential effects of lead poisoning may not yet be prevalent with the public, but it will quickly increase. Renovators need to deal with this reality in a proactive way. Training and firm certification are great first steps. But, renovators will need to do much more to protect their businesses from potential challenges and liabilities triggered by an uniformed public.
First, the EPA’s public awareness campaign has already begun. The campaign warns people of the dangers of lead, but does little to make them aware of the RRP rule, the need to work with renovators who are certified in lead-safe work practices, and or how to find a certified firm to oversee work on the homes they live in. So, in effect, the campaign warns the public but leaves them basically ignorant of their options. (Click on the sample ad to the left to view in full size)
Second, the warning signs and barriers required to be put in place around exterior and common area containment areas will have a similar effect of raising concern. Unless properly educated about their options and about lead-safe work practices, neighbors and the parents of children attending child occupied facilities will again suffer from ignorance about lead. Many will likely react out of fear. This fear may potentially result in reporting a renovator and causing an inspection, even if the renovation work is being done within compliance.