In a meeting @ MDE yesterday it was announced that “effective immediately” Baltimore City will not issue any “winter” or “exterior” waivers for defective paint, stain, shellac, or varnish. It has been a misnomer that Baltimore City automatically issues these from November 1 through April 1. In addition, unless a property has a written waiver from a local code official, a property cannot use this option. The MDE website has a list of county code offices to contact, however these are only there as guidance.
March 1 thru July 1 - 2018 CONNOR and CONNOR Institute are introducing a special pricing campaign. $5.50 dust wipe costs and 1/2 pricing on training class's. Other special pricing included in the February CONNOR Compliance Corner.
Read more about it HERE.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 127 federal enforcement actions completed over the last year to protect the public, especially young children, from exposure to lead in paint. Of these cases, 125 involved alleged noncompliance with at least one of the Agency’s lead-based paint requirements: the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, and Lead-based Paint Activities Rule; and the Lead Disclosure Rule pursuant to the Residential Lead-based Paint Hazard Reduction Act. Two additional settlements resolved alleged Clean Air Act violations wherein companies committed to perform voluntary lead-based paint abatement projects.
Asbestos Containing Material has been used in many construction materials and is still used today.
Maryland Department of the Environment is hosting their 2017 Lead Inspector and Contractor Forum at (3) separate regions. Eastern Shore, Central MD, and Western MD.
In a March 21st, 2017 internal memo, EPA's acting CFO outlines a plan to defund two key programs that fund RRP. While this would not eliminate the law, it would reduce enforcement at the federal level. The entire memo is available below.
CONNOR Institute was proud to be this year's IREM Region 6 Education Sponsor. We had a great time attending Chapter 16's Awards Ceremony and Dinner. Congratulations to all of the members that received awards for their outstanding work this year.
CONNOR Institute had a great time presenting, How To Comply With Lead-Based Paint Regulations, to Property Managers that attended Property Management Association (PMA)'s Annual Maintenance Summit. We spoke about state and federal laws, how to properly disclose the presence of lead-based paint to your tenants and the steps to having a lead free property. If you are interested in having CONNOR Institute hold a training at your property, please reach out for more information. Visit our website at www.connorinstitute.com to view our course descriptions and contact information.
As of June 1, 2016, the wording of the warning sign employers shall post where an employee's exposure to lead is above the PEL has changed to:
LEAD WORK AREA
MAY CAUSE FERTILITY OR THE UNBORN CHILD
CAUSES DAMAGE TO THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM
DO NOT EAT, DRINK OR SMOKE IN THIS AREA
CONNOR Institute and South River Restoration partnered for an Are You in Compliance presentation today for Property Management Professionals. We learned about state and federal lead-based paint regulations, as well as asbestos and fungal growth. Thanks for a great class!!!