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Free Green Building Safety Curriculum and Mobile App for Tool Box Talks Available. CICA is pleased to announce the addition of two educational resources promoting safety on green buildings. The curriculum gives safety professionals the opportunity to learn about the what, when, where and why of green building systems, supporting stronger preventative action when setting up site safety plans. The app allows safety professionals to share toolbox talks and document training on the go. Developed by a grant, these resources are available for free. The projects were funded by Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) grants. Click here to check them out on CICA’s Safety and Health page.

REMINDER: Re-certify your RRP firm. Under the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule, are you a RRP firm? Have you certified your firm before? Is it time to re-certify? If it’s been five years since you last certified your firm, it’s time to re-certify your firm. Firms are strongly encouraged to re-certify at least 90 days before the expiration date of their original certification. You won’t be penalized for applying early, just be sure to select “re-certification” and your new 5-year certification won’t begin until your current certification expires. To complete the certification application and to pay online, click here.

The firm certification is separate from renovator certification. You can find more information here.

EPA has launched a new section of their website that specifically addresses Hazardous Waste Generators. It provides basic information, links to forms, regulatory summaries/details, and sector-specific information.
EPA Extends Lead Paint Re-certification for Renovators. EPA extended certifications for thousands of renovators under the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule, effective April 16, 2015. The extension will allow as many people as possible to take advantage of pending cost-saving revisions to the federal requirements for refresher training – a course which certified renovators must complete to maintain their “lead-safe certified renovator” status. More information.
Court Issues Nationwide Stay of EPA/Corps Regulation Redrawing Clean Water Act Jurisdiction. In October 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a nationwide stay of the new federal regulation redefining “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) for the purposes of the Clean Water Act. Just a few months prior, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) had finalized the new regulation (now on hold) in an effort to clarify the scope of the statute’s requirements. USACE is not implementing the new rule, and is using the 1986 regulations and applicable jurisdictional guidance (status quo as it existed before the new rule) in making jurisdictional determinations or taking other actions based on the definition of WOTUS. Click here for a link to the USACE Regulatory Program webpage.
Changes to the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act went into effect January, 2014. You must comply with the new standards if you introduce into commerce any pipe or plumbing product providing water for human consumption or are engaged in the installation or repair of any plumbing providing water for human consumption. For more information, review EPA's:

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