Xactware Addresses EPA's Lead Paint Rule
Addition of Hazardous Material Remediation Category Helps Contractors Comply with New Rule
To help contractors comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, Xactware has revamped its price lists to make it easier for contractors and other professionals to quickly and correctly estimate work that falls under the EPA’s new restrictions.
Beginning in April, Xactware price lists will include a separate category titled Hazardous Material Remediation (HMR) for items such as lead paint, asbestos, mold, and much more. The new category will provide a single location within the Xactware price lists where users can estimate items needed for hazardous material remediation.
“Helping our customers do their jobs with greater ease and efficiency is our focus at Xactware, so updating our price lists to reflect the EPA’s new lead rules was a natural fit,” said Mike Fulton, Xactware’s assistant vice president of Pricing Data Services. “We take industry changes like this seriously and look forward to helping our customers transition seamlessly.”
According to the EPA, common renovation activities such as sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing harmful lead-based paint. To protect against that risk, the EPA issued a Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, to take effect in April 2010, that will require the use of lead-safe practices and other actions to prevent lead poisoning in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978.
Although Xactware’s price lists have long contained many items covering hazardous material remediation, March’s price list included the addition of new items for lead testing. The new HMR category also includes items that were previously found under other categories, such as containment barriers, personal protective gear, negative air, HEPA vacuuming, and hazardous material testing fees.
More information on the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule is available at www.epa.gov/lead/.
Xactware Solutions, Inc. (Xactware) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Verisk Analytics specializing in the property insurance, remodeling, and restoration industries. Xactware’s technology tools include software estimating programs for PCs and tablet PCs, as well as powerful online systems for replacement-cost calculations, estimate tracking, and data trending in real time.