What, if any, additional requirements or liabilities exist if a homeowner independently removes the protective barriers and containment measures implemented by the firm during a renovation?
Before a firm begins a renovation, they are required to comply with all information distribution requirements under the Rule and to post signs that clearly define the work area and warn occupants and other persons not involved in renovation activities to remain outside of the work area. A firm that fails to comply with these requirements is liable under the Rule.
If, however, a firm does comply with these requirements and a homeowner or other person nevertheless removes the barriers, a firm must cease renovations until the necessary containment measures are re-established. A firm should also take additional steps to warn occupants or other persons of the dangers of entering the work area or removing barriers.