Volume 13, Issue 7 - September 2012
There's an App for That
App Helps Renovators Comply with Lead Rule
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it will continue to enforce its lead renovation repair and painting program (RRP) and pointed out that it performs two types of inspections: record review and on-site inspections.
Michael Daniele, president of Conformé, has developed an app for the iPhone and Android devices, RRP Renovate, that he says will help with the record-keeping aspect of the program.
“I know the EPA is going to do more enforcement regarding documentation,” says Daniele. “One way they do this is to call the permit and ask for all the documentation … The app takes care of all the paperwork.”
Daniele, a self-pronounced “construction guy” and a certified LRRP instructor, adds, “The biggest complaint I heard when giving the classes was, ‘I can’t keep up with the paperwork.’ So we [my wife and I] developed the app based on the complaints and difficulties we heard in the classes.”
The app offers the user a menu of six items. These include a project menu where you can store up to five projects. The app also allows the user to take photographs. Another tab focuses on work practices and what the EPA requires, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s lead-safe work practices.
Users can download the app and future enhancements are in the works. The app also was one of 38 finalists in the EPA’s “Apps for the Environment Challenge.”