The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has increased its enforcement of the Renovation, Repair & Painting (RRP) rules for 2012. Though their primary method is focusing on company certification, documentation and record keeping as required by the RRP rules which went into effect on April 22, 2010, inspections involving unsafe work practices are the agency’s “highest priority”.
Many contractors have been lulled into a sense of complacency by the seeming lack of enforcement and misinformation about the rules. However, according to the EPA’s Don Lott, the agency has already conducted 1000 compliance inspections with more on the way. EPA inspections can include both job site inspections and record keeping audits.
According to Lott, the EPA is receiving approximately 400 tips and complaints per month about non-compliant work practices and non-certified firms. Of the firms inspected, 60% have not become certified.