News from the Department of Labor Standards

An Update from the EM NARI Government Affairs Committee

Posted by Jim Lavallee, Jim Lavallee Plumbing & Heating, Chair, EM NARI Government Affairs Committee on 15 March 2016 | 0 Comments

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.

  • The State of Massachusetts has launched a consumer awareness campaign using a Val Pak insert to 200,000 homes in Eastern Massachusetts.  The campaign is design to help homeowners understand the risks and seek out contractors who are licensed.

DLS Valpak 03 2016 

  • To help compliant contractors distinguish themselves as Lead Safe Renovators, the Department will be making an insert available to include in project proposals. 
  • Additionally, the Department has developed a logo that can be used by licensed Lead Safe Renovators.  The logo is intended to help contractors differentiate their services and to create awareness among homeowners.

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/

 

 

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