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Lead-Safe Regulations Again Up in the Air For Minnesota Renovators and Remodelers

The Minnesota Department of Health's initiative to replace the EPA's Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule with its own is delayed once again. In response to the Trump Administration's efforts to reduce federal regulatory burdens, Minnesota elected to take responsibility from the EPA for overseeing the RRP rule. The rule is meant to protect the public and contractors from the serious health hazards caused by disturbing lead paint when renovating pre-1978 buildings. 

Lack of Safety Committee Invites "Serious" OSHA Citation, higher Workers' Comp Rates For Minnesota Contractors

By law, any Minnesota company with at least 25 employees must have a joint labor-management safety and health committee that works to reduce workplace injuries and promote a safe work environment. Since 1995, the rule also has applied to smaller companies with lost-workday incidents that put them in the top 25 percent of Workers' Compensation insurance premium rates. 

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