Lead Paint Regulations for Remodeling
The US Environmental Protection Agency has put into effect new regulations to be followed by contractors performing remodeling work in homes built prior to 1978. The purpose of the regulations is to reduce or eliminate exposure to hazards from lead based paint. The regulations require remodelers to provide notice of the hazards and to follow specific work practices to prevent contamination. A brochure explaining the concerns can be found at the EPA Website.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission, a federal agency, monitors the safety of various products and may initiate voluntary or mandatory recalls. They post up-to-date recall information and other tips on their website. You may also use this resource to report potentially unsafe products. The US Fire Administration, Part of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), also provides recall and product safety information.
Safety and Product Information
Underwriters Laboratories is one of several nationally recognized product-testing companies. Their website contains an informative section on home fire safety, as well as information on the use and potential misuse of products. FM Global is another testing company, primarily testing products for industrial and commercial use.
Statewide Building Code and Fire Prevention Code
The City of Fairfax enforces the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) and the Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC). These codes are promulgated by the Division of Building and Fire Regulation of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Copies of the USBC and SFPC can be downloaded from their website.
International Codes Council (ICC)
The USBC and SFPC adopt nationally recognized model codes developed and published by International Codes Council (ICC). The City of Fairfax sends representatives to ICC meetings where these codes are developed. Copies of ICC’s codes and the new International Codes can be purchased, but are not available to be viewed on-line.
National Fire Protection Association
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is an organization that publishes codes and standards related to fire protection. The most well known of these is the National Electrical Code. Standards developed by NFPA also affect fire department operations. Representatives of the city also attend NFPA meetings and participate in the development process. NFPA’s codes and standards can be purchased from their website and can be viewed on a subscription basis. Anyone may submit proposed code changes via the website.
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
This state agency regulates contractors along with other professions as varied as barbers, harbor pilots, boxers and architects. You can look up contractor licensing information online.
Virginia Occupational Safety and Health
The Commonwealth of Virginia has elected to enforce occupational health and safety regulations, including construction site safety, through the Department of Labor and Industry.
State Corporation Commission
State Corporation Commission, Division of Utility and Railroad Safety, Damage prevention website.
Miss Utility is the free "one call" Virginia communications center for excavators, contractors, property owners, and those planning any kind of excavation or digging.
Smart Alarms Choices provides Information and advice on choosing and Installing smoke and CO alarms.
Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Kids Worldwide provides product recalls for children's toys and safety tips.