Labels, Signs and Printers for RRP - and Beyond
Written by Jack Rubinger
A new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule requires contractors performing renovation, repair and painting (RRP) projects that disturb lead-based paint in dwellings where children under six and/or pregnant women live to be certified and follow particular work practices including using signs and labels to prevent lead contamination.
EPA 40 CFR 745.85 states that firms must post signs clearly defining the work area and warning occupants and other persons not involved in renovation activities to remain outside of the work area. These signs must be in the primary language of the occupants. The signs must be posted before beginning the renovation and must remain in place and readable until the renovation and the post-renovation cleaning verification is completed.
The EPA says that signs and labels must adhere to this hierarchy:
- The word “Warning” must be placed at the top of the sign
- Underneath “Warning,” the sign must say “Lead Work Area”
- Under that, “Poison”
- Finally, under “Poison,” the sign must say “No drinking, eating or smoking”
Custom signs and labels for commercial jobs, final inspections and re-labeling painted pipes and drains complement the RRP signs. There are a number of approaches to making these signs and labels, too.
- Applying color coded identification labels for personal protection equipment (PPE) such as hard hats to identify contractors
- How frequently you’ll need to create new signs and labels for pipe marking and arc flash
- How critical is visibility? Weather-resistance?
- Sign and label placement – indoors or outdoors?
- The ability to bring your printer to the jobsite for on the fly labels
The new DuraLabel Toro printer, for example, is battery-powered for mobility, comes with software for pipe marking and custom label design and prints one half inch to four inch wide labels at any length. Light adhesive tape supplies are repositionable and adhere to a variety of surfaces and textures – important when you need to place a label on a wall or in a kitchen that you’re in the midst of preparing to paint.
“I think that being able to re-apply the signs is a huge advantage as walls and finish surfaces tend to change during construction,” said Geoffrey Shafer, PEGASUS Design-To-Build.
As many contractors fit the DIY profile, we’re pretty sure that they’ll opt for creating their own signs and labels when they need them.
For more information about the DuraLabel family of mobile printers and rugged supplies for contractors, visit www.DuraLabel.com.