The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently reviewing
its regulations regarding lead paint in an action that may affect ESA members
and other electronic security professionals. Specifically, the EPA is seeking
to expand an existing rule that renovation and other work in all residential
buildings built before 1978 must be performed by certified lead paint
contractors. Under the new rules, that requirement would be expanded to public
and commercial buildings.
John Chwat, ESA’s Director of Government Relations, said the
EPA is seeking public comments and input before April 1, 2013, particularly
from specialty trade contractors, including electrical contractors. Currently,
he said, the EPA is defining public buildings as all buildings open to the
public or visited by children, including stores, museums, airports, offices,
restaurants, hospitals, schools, day care centers and other buildings.
Chwat said ESA is currently networking with other
construction trade and industry groups regarding the latest developments. In
the past, he said, ESA has worked on this issue with organizations such as the
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the Associated General Contractors
of America (AGC) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), among
He said ESA will work in the coming weeks to determine the
appropriate level of response to the EPA’s latest action, and will provide
guidance and assistance as necessary to members who wish to comment on the
proposal during this information-gathering phase. A specific proposed rule with
more detailed information is expected to be ready for public comment in 2015,
Chwat said, and perhaps sooner.
ESA will continue to communicate on this important issue to
its members, both through Government Insider and other communications channels.