LEAD CERTIFICATION COURSE
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that renovations and repairs of pre-1978 housing must now be conducted using safe practices to protect children and pregnant women from exposure to lead-based paint. The federal government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978. If a home was built before 1978, there is likelihood that it contains lead-based paint.
Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children. To protect against this risk, 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.What is the Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP) RRP is a federal regulatory program, affecting contractors, property managers and others who disturb painted surfaces (including baseboards, doors and trim) equal to 6 square feet or more per interior room in dwellings built before 1978. The training, certification, and work practice requirements went into effect April 22, 2010.
To whom does this rule apply?
Anyone who provides construction trade services including, but not limited to, Carpet/Floor Covering Installation, Carpentry, Electrical, Painting, Plumbing, Renovation and Remodeling.
• What types of housing and/or activities are excluded (not subject to the rule)?
• Housing built in 1978 or later.
• Housing for elderly or disabled persons (e.g., nursing homes, assisted living, etc.), unless children under 6 reside or are expected to reside there.
• Zero-bedroom dwellings (e.g., studio apartments, dormitories, etc.).
• Housing or components declared lead-free by a certified inspector.
• Minor repair and maintenance activities that disturb 6 SF or less of paint per room.
Are there fines for non-compliance with this rule?
Yes, there are fines that can be imposed of $32,000 to $37,000 per job. You can be fined if your store is not properly certified, or if your crew does not properly test, remove and dispose of any potential leadbased painted baseboards, trim, doors or wood flooring. This is a federally mandated program with severe penalties for non-compliance.
How many linear feet (LF) equate to 6 square feet (SF)?
It depends on the size of the trim. For example, 18 LF of 4” baseboard would equal six SF. For 3” high trim, it would be 24 LF. For quarter round (3/4”), it would be 96 LF. Calculate the appropriate amount based on the LF being repaired or replaced.Is the RRP rule the same across the country?
No. Some states have mandated programs that may be different or more stringent (but not less) than the federal requirements. Federal law allows the EPA to authorize states to administer their own program in lieu of the federal lead program. For more information, contact the National Lead Information Center at 800-424-5323 to verify your state’s requirements.
I am a renovator and I want to comply with EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. What do I
need to do?
EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule sets up new requirements for firms (stores) and individuals performing renovations in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities, such as schools and daycares.
• Firms (stores) must be EPA certified. To become EPA certified, renovation contractors must submit an application and fee payment to EPA (www.epa.gov/getleadsafe). Once certified, the firm will be able to advertise that they are certified by EPA under the RRP program, and will also be given rights to use EPA’s "Lead-Safe Certified Firm" logo.
• Renovations covered by the rule must be performed or directed by a Certified Renovator. Individuals can become a lead-safe certified renovator quite easily. It requires successful completion of a one-day training course in lead-safe work practices. The training courses are offered by EPA-approved private training providers; there is no additional fee to EPA. You can find a training provider in your area by using EPA’s search tool at http://cfpub.epa.gov/flpp/searchrrp_training.htm.
Over 194 training firms have been accredited to provide the specialized, one-day lead-safe work practices training. Classes teach the specific work practices that contractors need to protect themselves and their clients from lead contamination, and to allow them and their firm to work legally. Certification is immediate upon successful completion of the training class.
I am planning to renovate my home. How can I find a lead-safe certified firm?
EPA has a searchable database to help you locate lead-safe certified firms near you at: http://cfpub.epa.gov/flpp/searchrrp_firm.htm. In addition, you can call EPA’s lead hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323) if you have questions.
I have hired a firm to renovate my home, but now I am concerned about whether the firm is a lead-safe certified firm. How can I find out?
EPA has a searchable database to help you locate lead-safe certified firms near you at: http://cfpub.epa.gov/flpp/searchrrp_firm.htm. It is possible that your firm is not yet listed on EPA’s web site, but is certified. If you do not find your firm on EPA’s web site, you should call EPA’s lead hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323) and speak to an expert who can help you find out whether your firm is certified.
What is considered the work area?
The work area is the area that may become contaminated during the process of removing the lead-based paint. This area must be protected by plastic sheeting applied to the floor or other applicable surface(s) to prevent contamination of the home from dust generated by the work.
Where can I find more information?
The EPA has a 32-page booklet that can be accessed at: http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/sbcomplianceguide.pdf. It is an excellent source of information.