RRP and Lead Based Paint Renovations per EPA and HUD


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Background information: On April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning in April 2010, 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 must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Until that time, HUD and EPA recommend that anyone performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools follow lead-safe work practices.  (source: http://www.hud.gov)


The rule affects paid renovators who work in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities, including:

  • Renovation contractors
  • Maintenance workers in multi-family housing
  • Painters and other specialty trades.

Under the rule, child-occupied facilities are defined as residential, public or commercial buildings where children under age six are present on a regular basis. The requirements apply to renovation, repair or painting activities. The rule generally does not apply to minor maintenance or repair activities where less than six square feet of lead-based paint is disturbed in a room or where less then 20 square feet of lead-based paint is disturbed on the exterior, but this does not include window replacement, demolition, or prohibited practices.


Previously, owner-occupants of homes built before 1978 could certify that no child six years of age or younger or pregnant woman was living in the home and "opt-out" of having their contractors follow lead-safe work practices in their homes. On April 23, 2010, to better prevent against lead paint poisoning, EPA issued a final rule to apply lead-safe work practices (PDF) (18 pp, 121K) to most pre-1978 homes, effectively closing the exemption. The rule eliminating the opt-out provision became effective July 6, 2010.  (source:http://www.epa.gov and http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm )

EPA requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by EPA and that they use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices. (source: http://www.epa.gov)


Please use the following links to download documents for your convenience:

Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools (PDF) | en español (PDF)

EPA headquarters has developed guidance documents to assist states and tribes that are applying to EPA for authorization to manage their own lead renovation, repair and painting programs (PDF) (122 pp, 257K).

Please Note: information above was obtained from sources mentioned. For all UPDATED information and current changes, please refer to the government entity regulating the rules and procedures of the Lead-Based Paint Informational Updates. Dynamic Termite & Pest Control, Inc., is merely providing the information but is not responsible for sudden changes and procedural updates, nor is providing any legal information, medical information, or services other than described herein. This site serves for informational purposes only. Contact your local government for additional details, laws and regulations. 

As of April 22, 2010, federal law requires that:

  • Renovation firms must be certified under EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule

  • Individuals must be trained in lead-safe work practices

  • Training providers must be accredited by EPA

Property Managers, Realtors and Brokers please contact our office if you would like us to visit your site with information. Lectures and material are provided for your company, on site, by appointment only.