HEPA Vacuum Cleaners Play Critical Role in EPA's Lead RRP

HEPA Vacuum Cleaners Play Critical Role in EPA's Lead RRP
Cleaning & Maintenance Management (05/10)

Experts say HEPA filter vacuum cleaners are an important part of the new rules contractors must follow when renovating, repairing, or painting structures with lead paint. Although the Environmental Protection Agency does not certify vacuum cleaners, it defines HEPA vacuums as those with HEPA filters certified by a private testing company to remove 99.97 percent of particles as large as 0.3 microns. The EPA says these vacuums should feature a floor nozzle and a carpet beater bar to eliminate lead dust deep in the carpet. The agency says the vacuums should be used to clean walls from the ceiling down, clean furniture and fixtures, remove dust from workers, and collect dust generated by sanders or grinders.
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