According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), painting and maintenance activities are responsible for releasing lead dust and paint fragments originating earlier than 1978. To avoid lead poisoning, the EPA released the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rules that went into effect on April 22, 2010. In the event that you are not EPA certified, you may face substantial fines up to $37,500 per violation, each day as well as the possibility of losing your business. Make sure that you and your team are set to go with EPA certification for lead paint work.
Who should take the EPA Lead-Initial (RRP) class?
Contractor companies, along with individual contractors carrying out indoor and/or outdoor renovation, repair, and paint jobs that may disturb lead-based paint in houses, childcare facilities, and schools established before 1978.
To receive EPA certification for lead paint work, contractors must take part in an 8 hr EPA-approved lead paint training course.
The New EPA Lead Paint Laws & Requirements
When working on a project that involves lead–based paint, federal law mandates that EPA–certified contractors do the following:
- Provide owners, tenants, and childcare facilities with a copy of the EPA’s lead hazard details pamphlet Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools.
- Post informative signs at sites in which lead–related work is being conducted.
- Maintain the workplace, minimize dust, and clean up comprehensively.
- Retain written records of receipt(s) for needed EPA pamphlets up to 3 years after a project is completed.