J.M. Construction Awarded EPA Certification for Lead-Based Paint Renovations
MEDWAY, MA--(Marketwire - February 23, 2010) - Jeff McLinden, President of J.M. Construction
Co. -- an award-winning residential design/build construction firm located
in Medway, MA -- announced that the company received its EPA certification
to Conduct Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovations. This certification
is awarded after the successful completion of a rigorous program that
covers procedures and practices in lead safe renovations.
The EPA instituted a new rule under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)
that requires all residential contractors who come in contact with
lead-based paint during the course of their work be properly trained and
certified in lead safe renovations. The rule also covers child-occupied
facilities including schools and daycare centers. It goes into effect
nationwide on April 22, 2010.
Like asbestos, lead-based paint in the home poses a huge health hazard to
family members. This is especially true during a renovation
when dust containing lead paint particles can easily be inhaled and/or
spread throughout the home. Mr. McLinden said that for this reason, it's
vitally important to work with a "Certified Renovator" who is trained in
lead safe practices.
"There is always dust during any renovations," Mr. McLinden said. "Coming
in contact with dust that contains lead paint can cause severe health
problems including brain damage, especially in young children and pregnant
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),
lead poisoning represents "one of the top childhood environmental health
problems today." Approximately 24 million houses in the United States
contain lead paint.
But those hazards become so much worse during renovations when paint and
paint dust can be disturbed, sending it airborne and contaminating the
whole house. Contractors must be trained in its handling and removal in
order to become certified by the EPA.
Lead-based paint is "a big problem" in the greater Boston area, Mr.
McLinden said. Although lead paint was banned in 1978, homes built before
then likely contain the dangerous heavy metal.
"About 75% of the homes we work on were built before 1978," Mr. McLinden
said. "That means they probably have lead-based paint somewhere in the
house, perhaps even painted over. Demolition, sanding prep, or even fishing
new electrical through walls could send dangerous dust into the air."
However unlike asbestos, where just "leaving it alone" might be enough,
lead is much harder to contain once it is in the home. Children are most
susceptible to lead exposure through normal hand to mouth activities and
even opening and closing lead-painted windows can be hazardous.
"The best way to protect you and your family," states Mr. McLinden, "is to
ask questions and have your children tested regularly. If you have or
suspect you may have lead-based paint in your home, be sure to ask your
contractor for proof that he or she is EPA-certified to Conduct Lead-Based
Paint Activities and Renovations before they start work. It is the
responsibility of the contractor to help educate the home owner about the
dangers of lead exposure and how to safely work in homes with lead paint."
About J.M. Construction -- Craftsmanship at Every Level
J.M. Construction is a multi-level design/build company, offering a range
of services from complete home remodels, kitchen
remodeling to single-room renovations and small projects. Founded by
Jeffrey McLinden in 1986, J.M. Construction's expert team of professional
designers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and other craftspeople
provides its clients with top quality, professional services at competitive
J.M. Construction is a member of NARI (National Association of the
Remodeling Industry) and the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, and is
EPA-certified to Conduct Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovations.
For more information on J.M. Construction, Co., call 866-533-1660 or visit
the company website at www.jmconstructionco.com. Press inquiries, contact
Joanne DiFrancesco, JDCommunications, Inc., public relations and marketing
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