Lead Paint Primer: EPA’s Guide on Renovation and Repair Requirements with Disaster Recovery Exemptions
EPA recently updated its guidance on handling lead-based paint, including important notes on disaster recovery exemptions.
If you’re renovating a home built before 1978, then it’s essential to understand how to handle the potential for lead-based paint during any renovation, rebuilding or painting. To ensure that the health of property owners and occupants is not compromised, the renovation, rebuilding or painting (RRP) rule requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 have their firm certified by EPA (or an EPA authorized state), use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices.
Common renovation activities, such as sanding, cutting, and demolition, become complicated environmental situations when performed in structures that contain lead-based paint. Simple demolition, reconstruction or repair activities can create lead-based paint hazards that can jeopardize human health. Lead-based paint hazards, such as lead-contaminated dust that can be inhaled directly into the lungs, are very harmful to both adults and children.
Before starting projects, contractors should be lead-safe certified. Learn about RRP program requirements and apply online:
Learn about how the RRP program applies to you:
- Operators of Child-Care Facilities
- Property Managers
- Test Kit Users and Vendors
- Real Estate Agents
Additional Information about the RRP Program
- Learn more about the RRP rule
- Renovating, repairing or painting an older home? Find a Lead-Safe Certified firm.
- Promotional materials for certified contractors to give consumers.
- Find press and RRP outreach material to reach contractors.
- Confused about the difference between abatement and RRP? Learn more.
Rules for Disaster Recovery
Natural disasters often result in significant damage to a large number of buildings and require renovations to damaged homes and other structures. When major natural disasters occur, immediate renovations and repairs may be necessary to avoid major safety and public health hazards as well as significant additional property damage. Under the emergency provision of the RRP rule, contractors performing activities that are immediately necessary to protect personal property and public health need not be RRP trained or certified. In these emergency recovery conditions, contractors can be exempt from the following RRP rule requirements: information distribution, posting warning signs at the renovation site, containment of dust, and waste handling.
Importantly, the exemption applies only to the extent necessary to respond to the emergency. And in any case, firms are nevertheless not exempt from the RRP rule’s requirements related to cleaning, cleaning verification, and recordkeeping.
Learn more about the following essential topics on EPA’s website:
- Important information for homeowners
- Steps homeowners should take when doing repairs themselves
- Emergency provision
- Frequent questions on the emergency provision of the RRP rule
- Renovation guidance specific to natural disasters
- Additional guidance on non-emergency renovations
Still have questions? Ever have questions? Contact the Lead Hotline!