SB 678 - This act modifies provisions relating to lead abatement and renovation licensing and training, allowing the Department of Health and Senior Services to implement a renovation program authorized by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This act adds definitions for "dust sampling technician", "emergency", "minor repair and maintenance activities", "renovation", "renovation firm", "renovator", "replacement" and "target housing."

Various current definitions have been modified as well. The term "lead abatement contractor" is changed to "licensed firm" and is modified to reflect such changes throughout the act. The term "lead bearing substance activity" is amended to include clearance sampling.

The licensed firm conducting the lead abatement project shall provide an occupant protection plan to the dwelling occupant notifying the occupant that information regarding potential lead hazards is available on the department's website. Also, the time frame for contractors to notify the department if a project was changed from ten days to five days.

Representatives of the department are authorized to conduct training audits in addition to compliance inspections of licensed firms, renovations firms or training providers. This act also allows for the department to train as well as issue licenses to lead inspectors, risk assessors, lead abatement supervisors, lead abatement workers, project designers, dust sampling technicians and licensed firms.

Under the act, no person shall engage in or conduct renovation activities in target housing or child occupied facilities without having a licensed renovator on each renovation site. The department shall require a licensed firm to provide evidence of current insurance coverage prior to conducting lead-bearing substance activities. Also, the list of qualified individuals and companies available to the public is updated to include risk assessors, licensed firms, lead abatement supervisors, renovation firms, renovators and dust sampling technicians.

This act is identical to SB 310 (2011).


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