The EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) takes affect on April 22, 2010. Unlike many other less substantial regulations, this Rule will bring major
changes in the way painting contractors and renovators are able to conduct business in the USA.
For the purpose of painting under the RRP Rule ANY
residential home constructed before 1978 automatically
falls under the Rule, the home Does Not
have to be tested for lead paint and Does Not
require that lead paint be present.
For painting pre 1978 homes interior or exterior RRP requires
One person that is always on site or readily available to be Trained
in lead safe work procedures.
Formal written Documentation and record keeping by the Certified person pertaining to Home owner notice, proper setup, proper work procedure, and proper cleanup of the work site.This one has Teeth:
Failure to comply with the RRP Rule can result in a fine of $37,500.00 per day per violation.
False or misleading documentation by the Certified job supervisor can result in criminal felony charges.
The only safe way to be excluded from the Rule is to have the home tested for lead paint by an EPA certified and approved lead tester, the cost of these tests could total more than the entire painting contract.
Training requires an approx.8 hour course in lead safe work procedures and certification approval by the EPA. After submitting training verification, the EPA may take up to 90 days to issue your certification approval. You will
be responsible for training costs and the EPA certification fee.
Here is the link to the EPA Rule for contractorshttp://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm#contractors
Here is the link to the Realtor.org video about the new ruleshttp://www.realtor.org/government_affairs/lead_paint_property_managers