Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Resources
New Rule Establishes Requirements to Protect
Children During Renovation, Repair and Painting Activities that Disturb Lead-Based Paint
On March 31, 2008, to better protect children from lead-based paint hazards, EPA issued a new rule for construction contractors and maintenance professionals who renovate or repair pre-1978 hospitals, schools, child-care facilities and housing. The rule requires that by April 2010 contractors and maintenance professionals be certified, that their employees be trained, and that they follow protective lead-safe work practice standards (see EPA fact sheet).
The covered facilities include public or commercial buildings where children under age six are present on a regular basis. The rule applies to renovation, repair or painting activities. It does not apply to minor maintenance or repair activities affecting less than six square feet of lead-based paint in a room or less than 20 square feet of lead-based paint on the exterior. Window replacement is not minor maintenance or repair.
Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule. CICA Center provides a good overview of the rule and links to useful information.
General lead information from EPA
Renovate Right. Pamphlet containing important lead hazard information for families, child care providers
National Lead Information Center (NLIC). The National Lead Information Center (NLIC) provides the general public and professionals with information about lead hazards and their prevention. (1-800-424-LEAD (5323))
General RRP information. Beginning in April 2010, federal law will require that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.