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It’s called the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule, and it’s applies to any home built on or before December 31, 1977.

The EPA LEAD Rule or RRP Rule Means:

1. Renovation firms must be certified and pay a fee of $300 every 5 years.

2. Renovators must be trained and certified by taking the 8-hour Lead Safety course.

3. Non-certified workers must work directly under a certified renovator and receive on-the-job training for work practices.

4. Lead-safe work practices (for set-up, prohibited practices, and clean-up) must be employed.

5. Renovators must educate homeowners and occupants about potential hazards of lead-based paint exposure (primarily by way of the Renovate Right pamphlet).

6. Renovators must document for each job how they complied with the rule and retain those records for three years in case they are audited by the EPA.

EPA Lead Rule to Get Certified

The first step for a renovation firm is to apply for certification with EPA. This may be done before any staff receive training, although the firm will have to use trained staff starting on 4/22.
Each job site that falls under the rule will need a trained individual, known as a certified renovator, assigned to it.

A renovator gets certified by taking the one-day EPA/HUD Model Renovator Training Course and passing the same-day exam. The EPA lists all accredited trainers. Costs for the training vary but average about $150 – $250.

Violation of EPA LEAD Rule

Firms found in violation with the RRP rule may be subject to fines up to $37,500 per violation.

Source: EPA, FHB

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