New EPA Lead Paint Rule Could Affect You!

Posted: April 11, 2011

On April 22, 2010, a long-awaited “Renovation, Repair and Painting” Rule from EPA went into effect regarding lead-based paint. The rule is designed to protect children under six from inadvertent exposure to lead-based paint and dust generated from disturbance of lead-based paint. In short, the rule requires that ANY contractor performing work in pre-1978 housing or child-occupied facilities that might disturb a painted surface must use lead-safe work practices, must have trained and certified workers and must apply for a firm license from the EPA. Housing includes single family homes, apartments and condominiums. Child-occupied facilities include day care centers and kindergartens.

The new rule presumes that any paint in pre-1978 housing or child-occupied facilities is lead-based paint, unless testing proves otherwise. If renovation, repair or painting will disturb a painted surface, then all of the requirements of the rule become effective.

  • Contractor must be licensed by EPA
  • Contractor must employ trained and certified workers
  • Contractor must hand owner and occupants an EPA brochure called “Renovate Right” and must obtain a signed acknowledgement from owners and occupants
  • Contractor must use lead-safe work practices including containment, dust minimization and specific clean-up practices
  • Contractor must perform a cleaning verification procedure when the work is complete.

KEM is able to assist with the necessary training and testing required by the RRP rule. We are also able to answer any questions you might have about the RRP rule. The fines from EPA are  $32,500 per violation, so be sure you are in compliance!

For a one-page summary of the rule, click here.

For a copy of the “Renovate Right” brochure, click here.

For a copy of the RRP law, click here.