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HEPA vacuums play critical role in EPA's LEAD RRP

May 12, 2010
MALVERN, PA — In effect since April 22, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency''s (EPA) Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule requires contractors who perform renovations, repair or painting projects on homes or schools built before 1978 — the year lead paint was banned — to be trained and become "EPA Lead–safe Certified" in order to prevent lead contamination, according to a press release.
Contractors must fulfill the new requirements or risk paying a hefty fine.
The use of a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuum seems like an easy enough solution, but it is a point that has actually sparked some confusion amongst contractors since the EPA does not certify or recommend any HEPA vacuum cleaners, the release stated.
While HEPA vacuums cannot be certified by the EPA, contractors can ensure their vacuum meets the requirements by confirming with the manufacturer that the HEPA filter has been tested and certified by a private testing company to capture 99.97 percent of microns, down to and including 0.3 microns, the release noted.
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