I recently attended an informational meeting conducted by the State Department of Health, about the new RRP (Renovation, Repair & Painting) regulation going into effect April 22, 2010. One speaker focused on health issues of lead paint poisoning, particularly in children. It only takes approximately eleven particles of lead contaminate (less than 1/3 package of sugar substitute) per 1/3 cup of blood, to create health problems. The second speaker spoke about regulations the construction industry must follow.
You know it isn’t going to be a good thing for the industry when they start the program with ….. Remember, my only role in this program is to inform contractors and the construction industry of the new rules……I am only the messenger and we all know what happens to the messenger! I did not write these regulations and I did not vote in favor of these regulations…… so please, “don’t kill the messenger”. Two hours later, 150 construction tradesmen knew exactly what he meant.
The lead paint or RRP regulations will cost contractors, ultimately homeowners and property owners, billions of dollars. Smaller homes built prior to 1978 may even lose their complete value. Government and prevailing wage projects will skyrocket in cost.
In my opinion, this regulation may be bigger than the asbestos removal regulations, especially for lawyers and the courts. I have raised three children and will be the first to support any regulation that protects their health. Nevertheless, at a time when the building and remodeling industry is reeling this may very well be the construction industry’s death blow.
I also think that the products related to dust containment will see a huge growth in sales. Products such as dust containment walls, cabinet and carpet containment products and anything else related to dust containment. These products will will see a huge jump in sale, if you’re looking for a good opportunity dust containment might be what you need.