Remodeler, industry consultant, and Remodeling magazine columnist and blogger Shawn McCadden believes "a day without education is wasted." It says so on the front page of his website. So then it's no surprise that McCadden has wrapped his arms around the industry's newest education question mark: the EPA's Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule. "The risks and liabilities of the rule are many and have created a lot of heartburn for those who are trying to comply," McCadden says. "And the risks and liabilities for those who are ignoring the rule are tremendous."
As such, Remodeling recently teamed up with McCadden to develop a survey for the Remodeling Reader Panel to take the temperature of the industry with regard to RRP. In some ways, the results are good. It seems that Remodeling readers are as much as six times more likely to be in compliance with RRP requirements than the industry at large. In other ways, the results are disappointing. While approximately two-thirds of Reader Panelists surveyed are in compliance, they've chosen to stop their RRP education there, though McCadden notes that there is much more to learn than the basics.
"The RRP rule should serve as a wake-up call for the remodeling industry," McCadden says. "For many years, our industry knew lead was a problem and knew EPA was working on regulations. Now OSHA is gearing up and, coupled with the lead-related health risks to workers, residential remodeling is already on their radar. Its time all remodelers wake up to the new realities our industry is faced with and unite with one voice to deal with the realities that are yet to come."
Results of the RRP Reader Panel survey are included in the following pages, which you can navigate at the bottom of the article, or by clicking the links to each question from this page.