What does a general contractor need to know when working with sub‐contractors?
A. The person/firm who has the contract with the homeowner to conduct renovation work must be a certified firm and is responsible for all reporting requirements. While it is strongly recommended that all companies involved in a renovation are certified, a general contractor can hire an uncertified lead safe renovator sub‐contractor as long as the following is met:
o The general is responsible for assuring that other companies are properly trained and certified for the tasks they will perform and that work is performed per the work practice standards
o An uncertified sub‐contractor may not be in the work area while paint is being disturbed
o An uncertified sub‐contractor cannot disturb more than 6 sq feet of interior surfaces, 20 sq feet of exterior surfaces or remove or replace windows
o The general contractor must educate the uncertified sub‐contractor on:
The requirement to keep barriers and containment up, intact, and secured
The requirements of entering and exiting the contained work area
o The general contractor that hires a subcontractor is also responsible for lead‐safe renovation violations committed by the sub.
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