EPA Lead-Safe Renovation Requirements

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EPA Lead-Safe Renovation Requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) now requires contractors performing renovation, repair or painting projects that disturb more than six feet of lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities to be trained and certified in specific work practices designed to prevent exposure to lead-based paint. 

The rule is a part of the EPA’s Lead-Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program.  Under the RRP program, both firms and certain employees must be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices prior to performing any task that meets the rule’s trigger requirements.  In order to become certified, renovation contractors must complete an EPA-accredited training course, then submit an application and fee to EPA.  Note that the following states have been authorized to administer their own RRP programs: Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin.

EPA has granted an enforcement safe harbor to any contractor that submitted its certification application prior to the April 22 effective date.  However, the agency has not announced plans to expand the safe harbor to incorporate other circumstances.  Fines for noncompliance can reach up to $37,500 per day.  For more information, consult EPA’s Lead RRP fact sheet

For more information, please contact Steve Foltin, Vice President of Education and Safety
847-709-2960 or steve@abcil.org