This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced settlements with two Arizona companies for violations of the federal Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (RRP) — Tucson-based Davis Kitchens and Tempe-based Holtzman Home Improvements.

“Exposure to lead paint is one of the most common ways children develop lead poisoning,” said Mike Stoker, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Reducing the likelihood of these exposures during renovations is a simple way to protect residents and workers.”

An EPA inspection found Davis Kitchens performed work at a home without EPA certification, which is required to protect workers and residents from exposure to lead-based paint. The company agreed to pay a $24,091 civil penalty for failing to notify residents in advance of the renovations, post signs indicating the potential dangers present or take steps to prevent exposures to potentially lead-containing dust and materials. Davis Kitchens also lacked records indicating compliance with lead-safe work practices.

Holtzman Home Improvements agreed to pay a $18,315 civil penalty because the company lacked EPA renovation certification, failed to provide clients with the “Renovate Right” brochure about lead-safe work practices, did not retain records, and failed to ensure a certified renovator performed work at a pre-1978 home where lead-based paint may have been present.

Holtzman Home Improvements has since become EPA certified, ensuring clients are informed of possible lead hazards during renovations and minimizing risk through lead-safe work practices.

The RRP rule was created to protect the public (especially children under the age of 6) from lead-based paint hazards that occur during repair or remodeling activities in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978. The rule requires individuals performing renovations be properly trained, certified and follow lead-safe work practices.

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