How the EPA RRP Rule Affects Your Remodeling Project

As of April 2010, the EPA “Renovation, Repair and Painting” (RRP) program is in affect.  This post outlines the key considerations for the new EPA rule.

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. Individuals can become certified renovators by taking an eight-hour training course from an EPA-approved training provider.

Lead exposure represents a real concern during a remodeling project.  The EPA has produced the Renovate Right pamphlet that provides a good background on the RRP program and the hazards of lead exposure.

Ten points you should be aware of regarding the new RRP rule:

  1. Your remodeling firm must be certified, and have its workers (and trades) trained in lead safe work practices.
  2. Ask about what specific lead-safe methods will be used on your job.
  3. The RRP lead rule does not encompass lead abatement/removal.
  4. You should disclose any lead test results that you may have for your home.
  5. The Renovate Right pamphlet must be provided to you before the job starts.
  6. Warning signs for lead must be posted at the construction areas.
  7. Certain activities are now prohibited (open flame burning, grinding without a HEPA attachment).
  8. Your contractor must; contain the work areas, minimize dust and clean thoroughly.
  9. Written records for the project must be maintained (certification, procedures, cleaning results etc.).
  10. Proper post job cleanup and verification must be performed and documented.

NAT-20845-0-300x224The new program should not represent a significant change in procedures for most remodeling firms.  The requirements outlined in the new EPA rule represent responsible building practice that should already be in place with a professional remodeling firm.  While there are new administrative procedures that must be followed, the benefits of the new program far outweigh the costs.

By increasing remodeling firm accountability, educating homeowners and protecting our families, the new lead rule will be  a success!