New EPA Lead Safety Rule:
Renovation, Repair and Painting (RPP Rule)
Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978. For those renovating a pre-1978 home, receiving a copy of the EPA's lead pamphlet is now federal law.
Exposure to lead has been shown to affect children's brains and developing nervous systems, causing reduced IQ, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems, and is also harmful to adults. Lead in dust, which is often invisible, is the most common way people are exposed to lead.
- Become certified by the EPA.
- Follow specific lead-safe work practices to prevent lead contamination.
- Provide homeowners with lead safe work practices documentation.
What does being a certified contractor mean?
Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint. Certified contractors are trained in the use of lead safe work practices, which include:
• Containing the work area
• Minimizing the generation of lead paint dust
• Thoroughly cleaning up
• Documentation of the project
Who needs to be certified?
Anyone who disturbs paint for compensation. It applies to all kinds of contractors including general and specialty contractors such as electricians and plumbers as well as property managers who are conducting their own repairs. Homeowners should ask to see a contractor's lead renovator certification before deciding to hire them.
What documentation should homeowners receive?
Contractors are required to provide you with a copy of the EPA's lead hazard information pamphlet Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools. As of April 22, 2010, homeowners will also sign a pre-renovation form documenting that they have received this pamphlet. After completion of work, they will also receive a report that documents the lead safe work practices used.
click here for more information regarding the new EPA Lead Safety Rule on the EPA website or call the National
Lead Information Center (NLIC) at 1-800-424-LEAD.