Information pertaining to the EPA Lead Paint Regulations is specific to each state. Lead Certification IL works to provide pertinent information specific to the state of Illinois. Any paid contractor in Illinois, as well as any property manager working on older buildings that were built before the year of 1978, must follow the Lead RRP Regulations. This refers to Renovation, Repair, and Painting.
The details provided below can be utilized as a resource to help you comply with all regulations set forth locally, at the state level, and at the federal level. Several city and state agencies have additional regulations, which are not listed below. It is encouraged that you contact agencies overseeing your work to ensure all requirements are met, and appropriate regulations are being followed. A loss of business, accompanied by thousands of dollars worth of fines, could be imminent if you fail to comply.
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Illinois RRP Rule Enforcement
On April 22, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency put the RRP rule into effect. A number of states have adopted the rule as their own, enforcing it themselves. Contractors living in states who have not adopted the rule still have to follow the regulations, as the EPA enforces them to the full extent.
Enforcers of the Illinois RRP Rule
The Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for enforcing the RRP Rule in Illinois. You may visit their website in order to verify the most up to date details. There is also an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency chapter devoted to the cause.
Complying with EPA Lead Certification Requirements in Illinois
Both companies and individual contractors must be lead certified if they want to work in the state of Illinois. This certification must not only be earned once, but is required for regular renewal in order to stay certified and continue working according to the guidelines.
Steps for Getting Certified in Illinois
- Attend and complete a lead training course. It must be an eight-hour, state-approved course. You can find local options and register for any open availability. There are multiple classes offered each month at various locations. Courses are $200 on average, with a student manual, necessary materials and supplies, and hands-on training provided.
- Receive and maintain a copy of your lead certificate from your training provider. Always keep it on site at any job you are working, in case it needs to be verified for proof.
- Certify your company by submitting an application to the EPA.
- Receive and maintain a copy of the company certificate from the EPA. Always keep it on site so it can be verified as proof. Every employee within your company must be trained, with a Certified Renovator on each site.
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Helpful Links for Illinois Regulation Compliance
Any Illinois contractor required to complete lead-related work can follow some helpful links in order to discover the most updated information pertaining to lead poisoning prevention, safely removing lead-based paint waste, and the Lead Program in general. Some local jurisdictions may have other lead requirements that you may need to look up on your own if you are working in the area. This could include Springfield, Peoria, Decatur, Bloomington, Rockford, Aurora, Chicago, Joliet, and Champaign, among others. Always be sure to check the rules and regulations before beginning your renovating or painting project.
- For details regarding the Lead Program provided by the EPA, search here. There are two main program options discussed, including the RRP Program discussed here, and a Lead Abatement Program for the permanent removal of any lead-based hazardous material.
- Lead Poisoning Prevention is discussed by the Illinois Department of Public Health, including the goals and responsibilities of the state. Providing education and outreach is the primary goal.
- The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency offers requirements for the disposal of lead based paint. It is considered a hazardous waste.
- The Chicago Illinois Department of Public Health speaks out on lead poisoning prevention. This includes talking about the possible ways people are exposed, who is at the greatest risk, and getting tested for lead poisoning when it is suspected.
- The state of Illinois has a Lead Poisoning Prevention Law that everyone must abide by. It is section 845, with an environmental follow-up, section 845.85. This details the steps to take when a child is confirmed to have elevated blood lead levels.
- There is also an Illinois Lead Poisoning Prevention Act, which indicates any childcare facility, department of public health, or dwelling unit must be properly checked for lead. No person is also permitted to sell items known to have lead paint, including toys, accessories, decorative items, furniture, dietary supplements, or otherwise.
- Lead poisoning prevention is discussed by specific counties, such as Mclean County of Illinois. The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program works to provide early detection of possible lead poisoning through questionnaires, blood lead tests, and referrals. The Illinois Department of Public Health handles all environmental health investigations.
- The Knox County Illinois Health Department talks about the lead program and how lead poisoning is the number one environmental illness among children. Illinois tops the list of the highest rate of lead poisoning in the nation. Even small doses can affect children’s kidneys, brains, and stomachs, leading to developmental and behavioral problems. All children between the ages of six months and six years must be screened.
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