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Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Resources

Changes to the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act went into effect January, 2014. You must comply with the new standards if you introduce into commerce any pipe or plumbing product providing water for human consumption or are engaged in the installation or repair of any plumbing providing water for human consumption. For more information, review EPA's:

Locate RRP Program Trainers. Training providers have been accredited by EPA to provide training for renovators under EPA's Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program: EPA Trainer List.

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.

Additonal Resources

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 and schools.

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.

 

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