On March 8th, members of the EM NARI Government Affairs Committee met with officials from the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards to discuss enforcement of the Lead Safe Renovator license required for all contractors doing Renovation Work as defined by Massachusetts law. Officials emphasized that their goal is to protect the safety of workers and homeowners and that they hope to work collaboratively with contractors to implement safe practices.
For many contractors who maintain their license, it is frustrating to see companies performing Renovation Work without complying with the law. While enforcement continues to be a focus for the department, several new state initiatives may help encourage compliance by raising awareness of the dangers of lead among homeowners and by helping contractors distinguish themselves as Lead Safe Renovator licensees. The following new initiatives have recently launched.
Outreach to currently licensed contractors is underway. For more information on Lead Safe Renovator licensing and renewal, visit: www.mass.gov/lwd/labor-standards/deleading-and-lead-safety/