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What Is the Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program(RRP)

  • The Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program is a federal regulatory program affecting contractors, property managers, and others who disturb painted surfaces.
  • It applies to residential houses, apartments, and child-occupied facilities such as schools and day-care centers built before 1978.
  • It includes pre-renovation education requirements as well as training, certification, and work practice requirements.
  • Pre-renovation education requirements are effective now:
  • Contractors, property managers, and others who perform renovations for compensation in residential houses, apartments, and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 are required to distribute a lead pamphlet before starting renovation work.
  • Training, certification, and work practice requirements became effective April 22, 2010:
  • Firms are required to be certified, their employees must be trained in use of lead-safe work practices, and lead-safe work practices that minimize occupants’ exposure to lead hazards must be followed.
  • Renovation is broadly defined as any activity that disturbs painted surfaces and includes most repairs, remodeling, and maintenance activities, including window replacement.
  • The program includes requirements implementing both Section 402(c) and 406(b) of the Toxic    Substances Control Act (TSCA). (www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/titleten.html)
  • EPA’s lead regulations can be found at 40 CFR Part 745, Subpart E.

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